WMPO Mayor's Challenge: I JUST DON'T GET IT

By / Letters to the Editor / Wednesday, 04 March 2015 05:00

Dear Editor,
I read with interest the  article in the Island Gazette 2/25  and the found the  following couple sentences that follow of  particular interest. “According to the USDOT, the challenge is based on the 2010 USDOT Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation to incorporate safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects. USDOT recognizes the many benefits walking and bicycling provide — including health, safety, environmental, transportation, and quality of life.” The word ‘INCORPORATE'  into transportation projects’ says to me ,  there is nothing  the town  has to do unless a transportation  project is on the books, and can that really happen in the next year. I can see  this need  perhaps in metropolitan  areas,  but  a policy/challenge  that covers city population bases  in  millions  with  those  under 20,000  is  indescribable. How many small town mayors are  really going to go to Washington, DC to be tossed in with Detroit, New York Metro Area, LA, Denver, Houston etc? Its not apples to apples. I think this town has    the peoples interest at heart – at least as long as I have lived here. Safety has always been  taken seriously.
 Lets have  a Mayors Challenge to get rid of hunger and homelessness , keeping older citizens in  their home by combating high taxes and insurance, education so young people can  better themselves. I think that will go a long way in ’improving quality of life for its community members”.
That’s worth a trip to Washington... or at least Raleigh.
Debbie Price,
Kure Beach, NC


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