I read with horror an open letter to friends and neighbors on page 16 of The Observer where someone is advertising to the public that all they need to enter the supposedly Gated community is to say, “I’m going to the Box Office to buy tickets.” I am outraged with this policy. If this is the case, why do we need to pay for “security” and have the false belief that we are safe inside the gate. This MUST stop — if not, we don’t need to have a fake security at the gate and no gate is necessary. If their wish is so desperate to have anyone buy tickets for the shows they should have a kiosk outside the gate for that purpose. I also know that people can come in (anyone) if they are coming for line dancing, etc. This is not a gated community — this is a farce.
As congress crafts their responses to the White House’s proposed infrastructure bill, we need a balanced transportation system that includes roads, transit, rail lines and trail networks. We can’t forget walking and biking infrastructure.
The last National Household Travel Survey shows that, nearly 40 percent of all trips in the U.S. are within a 20-minute bike ride and over 20 percent are within a 20-minute walk. Connected networks for walking and biking are an essential part of a system of mobility choices that meet our changing needs.
To the newspaper, I ask that you include walking and biking in your coverage of the infrastructure debate. And I ask Rep. Kathy Castor, Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio to include funding for connected walking and biking networks as part of a balanced transportation system.