In my recent post about diverting the sales tax on bicycles to pay for bike projects, I mentioned the hypocrisy of how the many of the pro-car, anti-tax advocates are quick to suggest new taxes for people who ride bicycles as if we don’t already pay our way. The Maine legislature recently considered just such a new tax, but it was defeated. You can read more about it here.
In other related news, Chicago is considering its first bike corral in Wicker Park. Steven Vance reports on the approval process here. For all you Bear/Packers rivals, this means Milwaukee actually did an innovative bicycle project before Chicago.
Also timely is the new video about the complete streets projects in New York City done by the talented folks at Streetfilms. It is particularly relevant to Milwaukee because as we have two complete streets projects in which we added bike lanes, wider sidewalks and street trees to S. 2nd St and converted S. 1st St. from 4 lanes to a three-lane pattern with bike lanes. These ain’t no Times Square pedestrian mall, but the are truly complete street projects in all senses of the term.