Inkstain Hearts Benny the Icepick

Benny and his posse showed up in force today on the Journal letters page, defending the humble bicycle:

Pete Vera feels as though cyclists should not be allowed on the roads because much of the money used to construct and maintain them come from car-related fees and taxes. He needs to be reminded that cars are costing taxpayers far more than bikes.

The manpower required to enforce traffic laws, clean up after accidents, officiate in traffic court, and maintain the roadways is enormous. But beyond that, the automobile-centric lifestyle leads to problems like air pollution, traffic congestion, and the heat island effect, not to mention obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. All of these factors contribute to an unhealthy citizenry.


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