NC Senate cuts bike, pedestrian greenway funding

greenwayI don’t know if I can take more of these buried anti-health gems in the NC Senate’s budget, but here’s another from my friends at the NC Alliance for Health.  The Senate eliminates $1.2 million in the NC Department of Transportation budget for greenway trails, already an underfunded program.  Even this $1.2 million in state money allows NC to get $4.5 million in matching funds to build more bike and pedestrian trails all over the state.  Just for comparison $1.2 million is less than what it costs to build one mile of highway in NC.  Greenways have a positive effect on real estate prices and home sales, in addition to being nice places to keep healthy.  This is yet another budget cut that seems more ideological than anything else.

14 Comments

  1. Doug

    June 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Well, as much as I like greenways, any dollar put to actually builiding and repairing the roads that get us to work and promote economic activity is a good thing at this point, especially if they repair some of those obsolete bridges about to fall down. Once we hit the “good times” again we can go back to paving greenways.

  2. Julie

    June 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    But Doug, you are assuming that 1.2 million would then be put to fixing roads. It won’t and we pass up on an additional $4.5 million that we could have had as well for greenways (that will also not go to roads).

  3. love my state

    June 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    the only thing building in this state is the amount of tax breaks for the wealthy that the budget is creating as the legislature builds the ranks of the poor and uneducated.

  4. Marcia

    June 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    love my state: So true.

  5. Doug

    June 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Julie,
    You assume the $1.2 plus will be spent on an actual greenway…..I prefer to take the chance and allocate to something more useful. And we get plenty of bucks from other sources, just because we receive it does not mean it is a good idea. Look how that Durham greenway has been working out. That is a magnet for crime, and it is the same thing in some of the Greensboro greenways too.

  6. Megan Squire

    June 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Doug, it looks like you are incorrect about Greensboro’s greenway being a “magnet for crime”. Cite a source.

    Here’s mine:

    http://guilfordcounty.myfox8.com/news/news/90391-police-urge-runners-be-vigilant-spring

    “The Greensboro Police Department hasn’t had any reports of crimes on the city’s trails, paths or greenways so far this year, but they are warning runners to be aware of their surroundings.”

    They’re doing a safety campaign anyway, but there have been NO reports of crime. Not just “no violent crime”, but NO CRIME.

  7. jlp75

    June 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Megan,

    Doug’s rear orifice, like most, is only capable of producing excrement. Unfortunately for Doug most other humans choose to use theirs as an exit for waste not a source of “facts”.

  8. Jack

    June 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Quality of life is of no value to the GOP.

  9. Mark

    June 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Unbelievable! Promoting health and fitness will save the tax payers in the long run through a healthier population, with less health problems from obesity and the price tag that goes along with that. Don’t take NO for an answer people. As I understand it, just because the senate has cut it, doesn’t mean that it has passed both houses. Let your representatives know you want Greenways throughout the state! Vote Greenways out and we vote you out!

  10. Doug

    June 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Wow jlp, you have become defensive rather than addressing the argument….thus validating that my argument is correct. Appreciate it.

  11. ESB

    June 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Doug, you argument was in no way validated at all by JLPs rudeness. The fact that you ignore facts presented by Megan and seize upon an insult to proclaim yourself “correct” illustrates that you have no facts at all toe back up what your saying.

  12. Darren

    June 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    @Doug Though jlp’s comment is unfortunate and offensive, it doesn’t in any way validate your argument. Per Megan’s request, it’d be useful to cite a source.

  13. Huh?

    June 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Wow, trying to imagine a world where name calling validates arguments.

  14. Charles Young

    June 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I had a great conversation with NC Representative Malone during lunch today. I am sure he and your elected officials would love to hear your supporting opinion as well. Call your elected official!