Thursday, July 31, 2008

I ask you, fellow global citizens . . .

Do you give the teeniest, tiniest rat's you-know-what about transportation issues in Wichita?

Of course you do. Search your respective souls, and you'll find you do.

You need not be present (in Wichita) to participate--so here's your chance to impose your collective will, U.N.-like, on transportation policy priorities for a part of the world you most likely have no interest in ever visiting but about which you care deeply.

I do hope you'll take a few minutes and participate.

8 comments:

Cordelia said...

Well, that was a no brainer. Never having been to Wichita, I was afraid I'd screw it up. But I do have my priorities straight, so the ranking was easy.

John B. said...

Thanks, Cordelia. The good thing about the list is that it doesn't ask about specific projects--if it did that, lots of local people would be scratching their heads. Once the priorities get established, then the specifics will be easier to manage.

Doc said...

well, as long as they don't mess with that special ambiance that Kellogg has...

; ' )

John B. said...

Doc,
No kidding. Kellogg has that straight-outta-Houston thang going on. We don't want to mess that up. So--did you do the survey?

I jet above, but it's to the engineers' credit that what real congestion there is at rush hour is limited to that couple of miles on the south side of the business district, and that only for maybe half an hour. It's because there's not a lot of congestion, though, that it's hard to make an argument on those grounds in favor of augmented mass/alternate transportation: We don't need it yet, so let's do it now before we do need it. I mean, that requires foresight.

The better arguments in this town right now would seem to be in the quality-of-life direction, but away from the cycling-as-recreation angle. But (with the exception of highway capacity), Wichita is in a barely-treading-water state with regard to infrastructure issues . . . which might come to bite us on the rear on down the road, as it were.

Pam said...

Okay, I'll give it a try...

John B. said...

Pam,
I'm sure you did fine. Just so long as you didn't prioritize the "Pave paradise, put up a parking lot" option as #1.

Paul Decelles said...

Done...I maybe make a visit to Wichita once a year but still. Here in Lawrence we have our own transport issues since revenues are down and citizens are being asked to fund a sales tax to keep mass transit.

And the anti mass transit folk are whining about subsidies as if car transport isn't subsidized in lots of ways.

John B. said...

Paul,
Thanks for coming by and for participating. I imagine that lots of cities in the Midwest and South are or will be having such discussions and looking at the same list of priorities.