Prop. 1 levy is a step in the right direction | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

We can either get serious about reducing our car dependency and investing in real opportunities to bike and walk safely or continue to fall prey to the usual critics that seem to delight in attacking anything and everything the city undertakes.

The criticisms of Prop. 1 are strange to say the least. Sometimes the critics suggest the city will do something untoward with the money even though the nature of the funding would make that impossible. Others simply don’t like the idea of investing in non-motorized transportation options. We hear the projects it will fund are not spelled out even though there is an established plan to fund those areas where the need is greatest. And then there are those that insist that whatever is funded will be the wrong choice regardless.

It is telling that Prop. 1 is fully supported by the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce, groups which represent the needs of bikers and walkers, and local environmental groups which know that this is our best opportunity to reduce ever-increasing car emissions.

Prop. 1 is also about our children and their mobility. We want our children to be able to walk and bike with some degree of safety which can’t happen until we see major improvements in our trail system.

For those of us who would gladly bike and walk more if these projects are funded, and know that these funds will make our roads safer for both motorists and non-motorists, we look forward to voting YES on Prop. 1.

It won’t accomplish everything we need, but it certainly is a step in the right direction.

ERIKA SHRINER

Bainbridge Island

More in Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

PSE needs to clean up forests to limit wildfires

Letters to the editor

In response Clean energy An Aug. 21 Bainbridge Review opinion piece makes… Continue reading

Outrage is appropriate

Sending the military to teargas peaceful protestors exercising their constitutional rights for… Continue reading

Letter to the editor

Help support local businesses through SOS campaign

Letter to the editor

Whites not looked at first by the color of their skin

Ethical meatpacking is essential

This letter is responding to “Rise above it all: Bainbridge slowly learning… Continue reading

Remembering Joyce Veterane

Joyce Veterane, a long time fixture in the Bainbridge Island community, passed… Continue reading

People of color don’t want resolutions from city council

In response to the June 9 city council meeting regarding the Race… Continue reading

With thousands dead, Trump thinks only of himself

How did we ever end up with someone as unsuited to be… Continue reading

Listen seriously to those who wish harm

I’m writing with regards to the person who said the only good… Continue reading

Leaders in Congress must hear our voices | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Perfect timing to suggest we spend money to save… Continue reading