Find a happy medium with all this "GREEN" movement.
I am all for the city going “GREEN”, but it needs to be better thought out and balanced to avoid loss of “GREEN BACK” “CASH” We have new bike lanes that are being painted all over the roads of Salt Lake City, but what money are these bikes bringing into the city? Do we charge them to ride these special lanes? NO! Do they pay for the stalls in the city where they park? NO! Cars have to pay to park!! All I hear is how Salt Lake is putting in bike lanes for better transit, and parking rates are going up for cars to make up a short fall in the city budget. Let Salt Lake come back to life!!!! We already have less people driving into the city due to trax, bikes, and buses. Are you going to raise taxes to make up for killing the city with your GREEN movements? Doubt it, so lets slow the green train and let the city come up to speed. We need people to park at these new fancy pay stations.
Patrick Hutchings commented
A city always wants to welcome people who drive in from other communities. However, a city also wants to serve the people who live in the city, itself. Just like a person living in the suburbs, a person living in the city wants to have a functional, attractive, safe, and prosperous neighborhood. An overabundance of cars and parking interrupts the functional fabric of high density communities, making them more inefficient, dangerous, unattractive, and prosperous. Research indicates that once bicycle traffic reaches the appropriate density that, on average, the average cyclist spends more per person than the average automobile user. I commend the city for trying to provide an urban environment that functions well as a high density neighborhood. I, also, commend the city for trying to reduce the impact of cars and increasing multimodal transit. Downtown Salt Lake City is Utah's only high density urban environment and I hope that we will allow it to function as such.