6.4.06

QUOTE OF THE DAY. Suburban Atlanta, Georgia, is not friendly to pedestrians.
[Resident Arely] Hernandez [who does not own a car] says she'd like more sidewalks on Buford Highway. “I see kids on bikes sometimes who want to ride their bicycles on Buford Highway, and I tell them no, that's not safe,” she says. “I lived five years in Los Angeles, and they have sidewalks everywhere. But here, no.”
Greater Atlanta is not the only metropolitan area devoid of proper crosswalks, overpasses, and sidewalks.

Some fear that wealthy communities may benefit more from the interest in walking than suburbs where many immigrants live.

“So much of pedestrian advocacy is run by health buffs and fitness people,” says Robert Brubaker, director of Metroped Inc., a national advocacy group. However, many of the pedestrians getting killed “weren't walking because they had to get some exercise,” he says. “They were walking because they had to get places.”

Here's a little welfare-economics problem. Are public expenditures on road improvements regressive? Keep that in mind the next time somebody complains about moneys going to commuter rail and rapid transit.

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