To the editor,
A friend sent me the January 4 issue of The Coast, the first I've read since I moved from Halifax to Calgary a year and a half ago. Thanks for the comic relief provided by the "Halifixes," in particular number two, "Put bike racks on Barrington," which was a real thigh-slapper!
I wonder if Stewart MacMillan, HRM's streetscape co-ordinator, was around eight years ago in 1999, when HRM was "addressing the need" for bike racks on Barrington Street. By my calculations, if the approval process for "one little bike rack" costs $500, is lengthy and "is subject to a whole bunch of internal consultation," looking at the rate of progress to date, it would cost $50,000 to approve a mere 100 bike racks and they would be installed by the year 3007.
When will HRM recognize that providing infrastructure that encourages people to be active is an asset to a city? With 635km of pathways and 260km of on-street bikeways, Calgary continues to invest in this asset. Bike racks are ubiquitous here.
Although I miss Halifax, it's been a breath of fresh air to live, ride and park in an urban centre that's not paralyzed by incompetence on this.
On the bright side, I am sure that the curtains in the first-floor men's room at City Hall will be installed by the end of the week.
By Rebecca O’Brien