To the editor,
I am just wondering in what century will the city of Halifax be made safe for cyclists?
Of the four Canadian cities I've lived in over the past 20 years, Halifax is by far the most bicycle- and pedestrian-hostile city and I see no end to the massive car culture here---many of them single-occupant vehicles at that. There's a sea of ugly parking lots where there should be green public space! Why not put the friggin' parking lots underground? What a horrible waste of public space. We'd rather look at and enjoy trees, greenery, anything but parking lots. The city would look and feel so much better, too.
Don't get me wrong, there are some beautiful places in Halifax, but what is wrong with the city planners here? They seem to have no vision, no direction, no inspiration, no great ideas and no soul. Is that because they've all got their noses up the patooties of this city's old money, whose only concern is, as always, money? It's not much wonder that our young people choose to leave this city.
If, by some miracle one day, Halifax decides to get its act together, at least on the matter of making Halifax a bike-friendly city, please take a look at what Montreal---rated number-one cycling city in North America---has done for its ever-growing cycling community. That city is continuously making improvements.
Come on, mayor Kelly, start thinking outside of the box! Get rid of the dead wood skulking around city hall and surround yourself with some fresh young minds.
By Francis Gerard