What does it cost to build bike lanes?
We were talking about the Gateway project, and Eric was talking about the numbers. He was talking about the billions of dollars spent on the gateway project when he spouted this great quote. Now my memory is a little fuzzy on exactly what Eric said, but it was something along the lines of ‘just imagine how much red paint we could buy for the billions we spent on Gateway’.Now you are probably saying to yourself – ‘red paint, what does that have to do with anything’? Enter Wikilanes – and this group of citizens who built their own bike lanes. Eric was talking about building bike lanes, and not highways. In Eric’s mind (and probably the minds of the folks involved with the Wikilanes project), if we spent our money on paint, painted bike lanes on the roads, and got people out of their cars (not onto bigger, wider highways) we would all be much better off… I can’t disagree.
Imagine all the money we could have saved. Imagine all the great things we could have done with that money, never mind the environmental impact of keeping all of the cars of the road, of not having to build all these roads. Shame really.