A road diet

Jan Freed, Pasadena Star News, 6/10/2016

A road diet

Mr. Kotkin (Commentary, June 5), I cannot believe that adding bike lanes as part of so-called road diets have caused massive poverty or the spiralling cost of California homes. Or, the rise of ISIS.

Along with other advantages, road diets can reduce traffic accidents by an average of 29 percent, according to the Department of Transportation. Certainly road gluttony (adding lanes without end, amen) has not reduced congestion.

But, Mr. Kotkin, if you really want to reduce emissions by stimulating alternatives without impacting the poor you claim to champion you would absolutely love six bills in Congress that would do just that: put a price on pollution and return most fees to the public.

Jan Freed, Eagle Rock


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