“The truth about a city’s aspirations isn’t found in its vision,” says Brent Toderian. “It’s found in its budget.”
“Budgets,” confirms Sam Sullivan, “are the sincerest form of rhetoric.”
So when it comes to the priority that the Parks Board places on cycling, don’t bother with its plans or the commissioners’ affirmations. Look to its capital plan, where you will find … almost nothing.
Here’s the 2019-22 capital plan. Check page 36 for the Parks Board, where you will find in the chart $2.4 million for “skate &bike facilities/tracks” – a pittance in the scheme of things. By comparison, the City will spend $3 million just for the Bute greenway and Helmcken-Comox greenway extension.Read more »