THERE ARE ALWAYS GOOD REASONS not to do something. Coun. Arjun Singh heard a lot about that this week.
Singh put together a notice of motion asking City staff to look into fast forwarding plans for an integrated network of multi-use walkways and cycling/ rolling paths around the City.
Specifically, his motion asked administration to look at the costs of accomplishing high and medium priorities in the transportation master plan in five years, to look for senior-government grants, to consider a community fundraising program, encourage the use of e-bikes and create an education program around safe transportation etiquette.
After getting some feedback from the public and other councillors, Singh dropped a proposal to declare 2021 as the “Year of the Cyclist” because that made the concept too narrow.
Every single member of council talked about what a fine initiative it was, and how Singh should be commended… before they shot it down.
No question speeding up this long unrequited civic dream by at least a decade was a worthy goal. But there were all those reasons….
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.