This may be a surprise to Barack Obama, but roads were not built for business. They were built for pedestrians, then horses, then bicycles. And that’s the end of it as far as Mayor Bloomberg is concerned. Cars are just clogging up roads creating traffic jams for mass transit. Stop it.
Speaking at a transportation conference at New York University, Bloomberg said people often forget streets weren’t made for cars.
“The streets were there to transport people,” he said. “They are not for cars … One of the original ways was walking.”
Mass transit is the only way to stop the economy-crushing gridlock that plagues urban centers, he said.
“Cyclists and pedestrians and bus riders are as important, if not, I would argue more important, than automobile riders,” he said.
Since roads pre-dated cars, it is technically true roads were not built for cars. They were, however, built generically for transportation. Today that includes the privately owned automobile, the invention of which continuously irks the Left. All that personal independence leading to urban sprawl and ruining everything. How much better to cram populations into dense areas and make them wait in the snow and rain for the bus that may or may not arrive on time or ever. Densely packed populations may be more congenial to regulation and control too. Now there’s a bandwagon Mayor Bloomberg would hop on.