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Pols love public transit – just not for themselves

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LA Daily News
“Their Opinion”
By BY TED BALAKER

Article Last Updated: 09/01/2007 08:32:22 PM PDT
Even the Mayors who promote transit don’t actually use it very much for themselves.

But as this piece points out, not originally by any means, it would help their green credentials if they did.

I just thought that it would also help to serve as some balance to earlier pieces posted here about how the new Board of Translink. If they are anything like the panel of appointees who are supposed to come up with suggestions, they won’t be transit riders either.

Has anyone ever seen Malcolm Brodie on a bus?

And just for an insight into other cities Board members how about this guy ?

Written by Stephen Rees

September 2, 2007 at 4:44 pm

Posted in politics, transit

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  1. Have no idea about Brodie, but he’d be in a fine tradition of TransLink board chairs who didn’t ride. The current Vancouver directors don’t ride that often, though Peter Ladner is a commuter cyclist. Of Vancouver’s past directors, Raymond Louie rides fairly frequently. Larry Campbell often rode the 99 B-Line and commandeered a city car if he needed to drive during the day. In his case, it helped that both his home and City Hall were within a few blocks of a stop, and that he was commuting in reverse. I’m not sure about David Cadman’s habits, but Fred Bass is also a commuter cyclist. Gordon Price walks the walk.

    I think that if the suburban directors tried to get around by bus for any length of time, they might have been more concerned with improving transit rather than focussing on roads. We’ll probably never know.

    Ian King

    September 4, 2007 at 12:03 am

  2. Heather Deal and Gregor Robertson are commuter cyclists, and I believe Suzanne Anton rides regularly.

    Sungsu

    September 5, 2007 at 7:02 pm

  3. To be clear about Raymond Louie, I was referring to the fact that he does ride transit. Cycling is definitely more popular than transit among Vancouver’s political class.

    Ian King

    September 5, 2007 at 9:00 pm


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