My first exposure to 2C was the notice I got telling me that sidewalk repair was my 2C at work. I thought 2C was to repair roads, not tear out and replace sidewalks. About eight workers came and tore out the sidewalks on the front of my property and replaced a corner that was already handicapped ready. I shovel those sidewalks and I’m very familiar with their condition. None of those sidewalks needed replacing. After they finished with it, the corner looked exactly like it did before it was replaced. I suspect they wanted to use the money as quickly as possible (under the use it or lose it principle) and that they weren’t ready to work on streets yet.
And then there are the bike lanes. In my 12 years here in the Springs, I’ve never seen anyone biking on busy streets (with or without bike lanes). People bike for pleasure in my quiet neighborhood, but nobody is using a bicycle as a means of transportation. Does the mayor believe this is a sleepy college town where students, professors, and others bike to work and school? Colorado Springs is a sprawling metropolis. People are not going to uses bikes as a primary means of transportation.
The mayor says nothing has changed the face of the city like fixing roads. Really? Is that the best thing you can offer us? Pothole repair is changing the face of the city? Please. You need to dig a little deeper. I would hope a mayor would have more to say about his involvement in changing the face of a city than “I raised taxes to replace sidewalks, put in bike lanes, and repair potholes.”
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