Roads are not for cars

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<p><span style=”font-size: 10pt; font-family: calibri;”>New York City Mayor has been making a number of &lsquo;outlandish&rsquo; statements recently about the role of cars in the transportation system of New York. </span></p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 10pt; font-family: calibri;”><a href=”http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/gct_mall_bad_step_biz_honcho_yO3WMdpe05hbbckWRuOX6K” target=”_blank”>Back in July</a>, Michael Bloomberg, cut the ribbon on the introduction of a new 20mph &lsquo;slow zone&rsquo; in New York and said:</span></p>
<p><em><span style=”font-size: 10pt; font-family: calibri;”>&ldquo;Our roads are not here for automobiles. Our roads are here for people to get around.&rdquo;</span></em></p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 10pt; font-family: calibri;”>At the &ldquo;Designing Cities&rdquo; conference last week, Bloomberg went one step further. He <a href=”http://www.roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/mayor-of-new-york-says-roads-are-not-for-cars-cyclists-and-pedestrians-are-more-important-than-motorists/” target=”_blank”>told delegates</a> at conference &ndash; hosted by city Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan &ndash; that:</span></p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 10pt; font-family: calibri;”>&ldquo;<em>the streets were there to transport people. They are not for cars&hellip; Cyclists and pedestrians and bus riders are as important, if not, I would argue more important, than automobile riders.&rdquo;</em></span></p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 10pt; font-family: calibri;”><a href=”http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bloomberg_roads_mass_transit_cyclists_P9epgAzzLnSZxGqXECwaTI” target=”_blank”>Bloomberg&rsquo;s speech</a> focus was on mass transit, claiming that it is the only solution to stop gridlock that plagues urban centres, with a detrimental effect on the economic productivity of a city. </span></p>
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