If bicycle infrastructure were a menu offering at a brand new restaurant, I would be tempted to bet that the place might not survive for very long. We keep saying that without more infrastructure we simply cannot be safer. And so we spend far too much money on some of it and seem to get very little satisfaction in return. In point of fact some of the criticism of our newest menu offerings is that they make things less safe!
In sharp contrast are most of the trails that have been built in and around the Chicagoland area. For the most part the folks who ride them are pleased if not downright impressed! How does one explain spending 5 times as much on the 606 as was spent on the Cal-Sag Trail and yet the 606 is one-fifth its length?
What exactly are we doing wrong. If our infrastructure in the City of Chicago were renovations in our homes, would we be willing to pay for it? Something tells me the contractor would have a hard time collecting his money.