December 3, 2012

I share Courtland Milloy’s concern that the District needs a vision regarding how its growth affects low-income residents. However, in criticizing bike lanes, sidewalks, and public transit (in favor of keeping parking spots, apparently), he has picked an odd scapegoat.

Owning a car, driving, and parking in the District is expensive — far more so than is commuting by bike, foot or bus. Making it easier, faster and more convenient to get around the District without a car benefits everyone, so we should strive to help people do so in both high- and low-income neighborhoods.

Biking and walking make our populations healthier, our city cleaner and our neighborhoods stronger while allowing people to get around quickly. This should be an issue that unites the District.

Tom Long, Washington