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A virtual army of self professed "business friendly" candidates have bought into the cost cutting obsession and desperately try to outdo each other.

Of course, who doesn't want to see lower taxes or well paying jobs in the region? The slogans are very clear, what's not so clear is where the cuts will be made and whether there has been any thought given to long term consequences.

Currently our transit ridership and cycling mode share are pathetically low. This is a result of an inconvenient bus network and roads that are too scary for the average cyclist.

All candidates have been asked specific questions on this, subject as well as other environmental issues. You can see for yourself what the candidates' answers are.

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The headlines du jour: "Just Say No," "Let's Rein in Spending," "How to Save Millions."

The example I am familiar with is transportation. I am concerned that this movement, lead by a challenging mayoral candidate and supported (we think?) by the obscure "common sense" group, is penny wise and dollar foolish.

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general decrease of the quality of life which so many candidates have fervently vowed to preserve. Traffic jams are neither business nor family friendly.

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We need highways, but cycling lanes are a luxury we can't afford?

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It is not only good for the budget, but promotes public health and reduces pollution and Burberry Yellow Handbag

The fast population growth in our region will prompt an equally fast growth in transportation demand. Our main arterial roads and bridges are already reaching capacity with increasing frequency. Mobility in and Burberry Bags For Ladies

It is puzzling that those incumbent candidates who have the loudest voices for budget cuts seem to be the most eager to support the construction of new highways and the most reluctant to support cycling. (We also note the promotion of a new highway by the "common sense" group).

We can either do nothing and accept a semi permanent gridlock, we can build very expensive and intrusive highway expansions, or we can invest in alternatives such as public transportation, cycling and make the city more pedestrian friendly.

There is a shortsighted and narrow minded view that it is not justifiable to spend money on such a small interest group. This view is fuelled by small minds who get into a snit because of a 10 second detour around a street party on a Sunday afternoon!

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around the city centre is rapidly decreasing.

The capital region, for example, is targeting a 25 per cent share of cycling trips on a regional system of over 900 kilometres. Maybe that is optimistic, but you won't get there unless you reach for it.

This translates to increased cost, pollution, frustration and a Burberry Card Holder Womens

Without a clear vision and a determined planning effort, ever increasing downtown congestion will push commercial and residential development ever farther away from the city centre, leaving Prada Crossbody a withering downtown core and the automobile as the only practical transportation option to get to the suburban big box malls.

There are many smarter and more visionary regions and municipalities all over the world who have recognized that building capacity for cycling is the most cost effective long term transportation strategy.

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Last year's expenditure of more than $3 million for a 300 metre stretch of Cliffe Avenue is a mere drop in the bucket of what would be needed to satisfy unmanaged demand in motorized traffic.

greenhouse gas emissions. What is the Comox Valley aiming for?

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