Bikeway toll won't pay ICC costs
In response to the Feb. 25 letter, "Charge toll on bikeway, not ICC, as proposed," I think Chris Miller's suggestion is ridiculous. Does he believe that the bikeway would be used so extensively that a toll would actually pay for the funding of the Intercounty Connector?
As an avid cyclist, I have traveled on many of the bike trails in the county and other areas outside the state and none of these bikeways charge a toll. I don't believe that any cyclist would choose to bike along a toll road when there are many other bikeways from which to choose. And just how many cyclists using this bikeway for commuting purposes would it take to help the funding?
The suggested toll is like penalizing the ones who are trying to help the environment by using a more clean method of transportation. I don't believe that one would find enough interest in the biking community to use this route if there would be a charge.
Sue L. Thompson, Montgomery Village
Is Chris Miller's letter supposed to be a joke?
First, given that most commuters drive solo, does Miller honestly think that a toll bikeway can make even the slightest dent in the Intercounty Connector's $2 billion price tag? Miller complains about the ICC being a toll road. How does he propose to pay for it? Even with the toll it still won't pay for itself; the state will need to raise tolls on the Bay Bridge and elsewhere to make up the difference in cost.
Second, what sense does it make to try to alleviate traffic by charging those who choose biking instead of driving?
Third, it's funny that Miller describes the bikeway as being "fast-tracked." This is exactly what the Bush administration did with the ICC. Bush did this per recommendation of his political appointees at the environmental Protection Agency, ignoring the career scientists at the agency whose studies had repeatedly affirmed the concerns of Miller's "Nimbys" and "environmentalists." Why did he do this? As a favor to Gov. Robert Ehrlich, a fellow Republican.
If people like Chris Miller had pushed for real solutions rather than more large highway boondoggles, then the current state of the economy would not be stressing our state nearly as much as it is, and we would not be hearing frivolous complaints about bikeways costing too much.
David N×ñez, Potomac