Letter to the Editor, Ottawa Sun
Re: “Riding a double standard,” by Kevin Shea, Letter, Aug. 28
Kevin Shea sees a double standard at play if trucking companies are asked to pay for use of a tunnel, while cyclists are not assessed for the use of special lanes/paths/bridges. Quite the opposite.
Like most Ottawa cyclists, I bike and I drive. I pay property tax, gas tax and a host of other fees to maintain roads and cycling networks.
Since cycling infrastructure is cheaper to build and maintain than heavy vehicle roadways, and since it helps alleviate congestion and parking shortages on roads, you could conclude that most cyclists are, in a variety of ways, subsidizing driving. Not the other way around.
But that’s OK, because we can make a choice which mode we prefer on a given day. As can almost any citizen of Ottawa. As for a truck tunnel. Well, now we are talking about a dedicated route to help truckers avoid downtown congestion, saving them money and time.
On top of those obvious benefits, most trucking companies using such a tunnel would not be Ottawa taxpayers. Makes sense to me to have them chip on some of the cost.
David Chernushenko, Councillor, Capital Ward
(Less traffic congestion works for us)