One thing worth fighting is good design. When it comes to sidewalks and bikelanes, if there is an intrinsic flaw in the design, it can be dangerous, little used, expensive and permanent.
Consider sidewalks built directly next to high speed roads without any green buffer.
|See the difference?|
Understandably, the later project, with the green buffer, is likely more expensive but with the permanency of such projects and the cost involved, shouldn't our goal be to build the better designed project so that people actually use it?
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