I read with interest you article on bicycle apartheid. As cycling is a lifestyle choice for me, many aspects of this issue concern me. Rep. Champion covered issued of funding and representation in the planning and execution of the bike program. The funding is public. It should be expected that its use would be considered for varied populations. In knowing the populations it helps to know where important locations could be to place bicycle stations. The present sites are primarily downtown, the U-District and Uptown. As I bike past these places their placement could demonstrate some blind sightedness on the part of the planners. Even in choosing locations downtown places like Grant & Nicollet, Elliott Park (across from the east end of HCMC) and other similar sites that have tremendously diverse populations (and people who would use the program) are not included.
Someone from among the planners wrote a letter to the editor that was fairly disrespectful of Rep. Champion and demonstrated an arrogance in his/her blind sightedness. Rep. Champion is busy working on larger issues of concern to his constituents. Monitoring a bike program for the city would not be what I would expect him to have spent his time. It is enough that he took the time to note the error. Focus groups with diverse constituents would be expected of the planners.