Widening Highway 22 Not A Long-Term Solution to Lehigh Valley’s Transportation Problems | Letter
Mark Pinsley’s column on the importance of public transport reminded me of a recent editorial on lehighvalleylive.com which expressed the idea that widening Highway 22 should be a top priority for infrastructure projects across the board. the state. Improving public transit and making walking and cycling safer and more attractive are much more productive uses of infrastructure funds.
First of all, the widening of the freeways only brings temporary relief – as one nationally renowned planner said when speaking here in the Lehigh Valley: “It’s like a person. overweight trying to solve his problem by buying a bigger belt instead of losing weight. “
The continued failure of state and federal governments to adequately address the climate crisis should show everyone that reducing greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] is the # 1 priority. The Bethlehem and Easton climate action plans recognize the need for a significant reduction in the number of kilometers traveled by vehicles. (It should be noted that electric vehicles do not really solve the problem, since most of them are recharged with electric energy from the combustion of coal and natural gas, fossil fuels that produce thousands of tons of GHGs. .)
The solution is not to make it easier to drive your car everywhere, but to make traveling without a car easier, more convenient and more enjoyable.