So­lu­tion hurts more than the prob­lem

Re: “New bus lane found to save 10 min­utes,” Dec. 6.

Times Colonist - - Comment - Pa­trick Hunt Vic­to­ria

The prob­lem with this ar­ti­cle is that no one speaks on be­half of the thou­sands of com­muters sit­ting in their cars longer than they need to so the cho­sen few on the buses can save 10 min­utes a day.

By re­strict­ing cars to two lanes, in­stead of trav­el­ling in three lanes of traf­fic, al­beit mixed in with buses, now we are burn­ing more fuel and in­creas­ing the av­er­age com­mute time. For what, so we can feel good about sup­port­ing bus trans­porta­tion?

As Bjorn Lom­borg, pres­i­dent of the Copen­hagen Con­sen­sus Cen­tre, wrote: “When a ‘so­lu­tion’ to a prob­lem causes more dam­age than the prob­lem, pol­i­cy­mak­ing has gone awry.” Me­thinks Lom­borg has been to Vic­to­ria.

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