February 05, 2005
Narrow minded, naturally
Here's another example of what happens when environmentalists run cities: perfectly good roads are deliberately ruined:
Many astounded Berkeley residents pleaded with City Council members Tuesday, asking them not to interfere with Marin Avenue, slated for reconfiguration of lanes in Albany and proposed for the same in Berkeley. But an equal number applauded the city for attempting to make a safer and quieter street out of this four-lane roadway.Yeah, well you should have thought about environmentalists in government before you bought the house in these here hills, buddy! If they had their way, they'd tear down your house and route a creek through it. Narrowing streets is only a first step!
But for now, the meme is that streets are for people, not for cars! And bicycles are people! Cars aren't! Cars consume oil, which is bad, and they contribute to war! Long term, the question really becomes, should streets exist at all?
Steven Malcolm Anderson wondered in a comment why I bother to write about idiotic environmentalism. I guess it's because they have the podium, and for some reason they're always allowed the moral authority by default -- which allows them to win by a process of shaming others. I happen to think that if there is such a thing as morality, the environmentalists the ones who are immoral, and profoundly so. They oppose human progess in the name of a contradiction, for we are as much a part of "the environment" as Bambi, botulism, asbestos, or lead. Their sanctimonious bilge about "nature" makes about as much sense to me as the moralistic invocations of "nature" and "nature's god" to condemn men for "unnatural" orgasms. It's equally magical, mystical and Puritanical.
Such people want to rule the world, of course, so they use nonsense logic and ill-defined terminology to do it.
Naturally (for lack of a better word), the City of Berkeley is run by them:
Presently, bicycle activists run Berkeley's Transportation Commission, known around City Hall as the Bicycle Commission. The bicycle recreational lobby, which sees itself as a church of ecological salvation and its fanatic disciples as superheroes in Spandex, seeks a flexing of its muscles, not paths needed by civilized bicyclists. These zealots see road constrictions not as safety measures taken in the interest of pedestrians, but as means to get large numbers of motor vehicles, eventually all of such, off all the rights of way they feel are their inheritance in this, as they perceive it, post-private-automobile era. The Internet is filled with the fantasies of these vastly overspoken, underwheeled ideological blokes who, in most of their power plays, are not seeking safety, not even their own. They fantasize that choking traffic will cause a significant number of commuters to switch to public transportation or... you guessed it ... bicycles! Give me a brake (but no derailleur)!Reconsidered? Dream on. Might as well ask Donald Wildmon or Robert Knight to "reconsider" their opposition to homos.
Anyway, the road will be narrowed.
In the name of morality!
As for the traffic and congestion, those who despoil nature have no right to complain!
MORE: Bear in mind that bad ideas start here.
posted by Eric on 02.05.05 at 12:46 PM
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