While collecting signatures at the Farmer’s Market for the initiative to facilitate Davis parking we found most folks taking the time to stop signed. A few, however, were quite hostile and wanted walking and biking to be the only method of Davis travel by making driving so onerous by means like limiting parking that folks would abandon cars. This war on cars supported by key city staff and partially enabled by the city council is what’s made our initiative necessary. Its results are all around us: traffic clogging structures causing gridlock at Mace Boulevard, meter schemes that reduce parking convenience, elimination of former parking areas, lack of the traffic light synchronization that eases traffic flow in Sacramento and Woodland, and new longer waits at signals that have increased red light running.
All this has done nothing to eliminate cars. It has only excluded from central Davis those too disabled to walk or bike and those wanting to use their vehicles to make purchases. Meanwhile sprawl is facilitated by making free commercial lots at the edge of Davis or in other towns more attractive.
Extremists who want Davis transportation limited to walking and biking claim it’s about climate change, but it’s not. Diverting traffic from the core to more distant places makes climate change worse, not better. So does causing vehicles to idle at every red light as they inch across town. Even those in hybrid or electric vehicles are frustrated by these unnecessary and harassing delays.
What it is about and only about is virtue signaling so the few in their spandex suits can feel morally superior to the rest of us.