I have been reading the articles about the new bike paths and walking trails in Easley and Pickens. The cost of one — the Doodle Trail — is $4.5 million. These paths and trails have been funded through state grants, local property and restaurant sale tax dollars.
Our roads are in in the worst condition, and our leaders are spending millions more on bike paths and walking trails? It shows you how upside down the priorities of government are.
About 7 years ago, the state added a bike lane to Highway 11. I travel the road all the time, and maybe 1 of out 40 times I see someone riding a bike. It is nice to have, but when you think of all the basic services that are in need, another bike path isn’t how I’d spend our next tax dollar.
Why hasn’t anyone in the press questioned Bike Trail Mania? The legislature gave cities the permission to raise taxes on restaurant sales by 2 percentage points if the revenue was used to improve tourism. Most all city councils then hiked the tax. The cities now have all this money coming in, and they must find ways to spend it on “tourism”. Then stepped in the quality of life/ global warming types who want us to walk more and ride a bicycle to work. It was a match made in heaven thanks to the state legislature.
The result is money that could have remained in the pockets of the more efficient private sector or spent on high priority government projects, but is now being spent on bike paths and walking trails in mass that so few people actually use.