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Sunday's Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Here's why I enthusiastically support the Santa Rosa Junior College-Highway 101 overcrossing and disagree with those who marginalize bicycle projects as frivolous:

You don't have to be a bicyclist to support wise investments that measurably contribute to calming car traffic and making our communities safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Other bike-friendly cities have clear track records of creating wholesome health and wealth benefits to surrounding neighborhoods, businesses, kids, seniors, etc.

The overcrossing connects to the bicycle infrastructure backbone of Sonoma County. It is very much needed, and it is an economic driver.

It will be built mostly with federal funds that are earmarked for bicycle projects — bringing otherwise unavailable funds into our local economy.

Some other city that values bicycle transportation will most assuredly get these monies; that translates as lost local jobs.

If this gets voted down at Tuesday's City Council meeting, it's likely we'll lose $1 million that SRJC set aside for the bridge — 8percent of project costs.

I urge City Council members to take farsighted views that support a sustainable bicycle-friendly community.


Santa Rosa

A path to nowhere

EDITOR: I think Santa Rosa Councilman John Sawyer is the only council member with a brain (“SR bike bridge in peril after emotional vote,” Wednesday). How could the council in these economic times even consider spending millions of dollars on this luxury? Why are our elected officials not concerned with our economic plight?

Mayor Susan Gorin and Councilwoman Veronica Jacobi need to get their priorities straight. We already are spending millions on the train to nowhere, and now they want to spend millions more on a path that might link up to the train to nowhere. Come on. There has to be more pressing issues facing Santa Rosa that $20 million would go a long way in fixing.

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