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 I am an avid bicyclist who rides my bike to run errands, visit people, go to work, get exercise, and have fun. I take issue with the Sustainability Commission’s recent stance to oppose a transportation tax that includes road building. Why? Because there are times when I do need to drive my car: buying groceries, dropping off kids at school when it’s too cold to ride, driving the cross country team to their meet, picking up an elderly person to take them to dinner, traveling to a doctor’s appointment in Phoenix, going to an evening arts event across town, or showing visitors around Flagstaff. And there are lots of times when I don’t have the luxury of time to ride my bike. Sustainability Commission, I’m doing my best to reduce congestion on the roads and by corollary my greenhouse gas emissions, but I’m not going to cut my driving to zero. Let’s listen to the proposal from the Transportation Tax Commission to understand how the proposed new roads and improved linkages among existing roads can reduce the congestion that is already here.

JENNIFER SPINTI

Flagstaff

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