I am struck by the selfish tone of the letters I’ve read from people who oppose the bicycle and pedestrian lane on the Legare bridge.
I live in Byrnes Downs work off Longpoint Road in Mount Pleasant, so I drive over this bridge every day. It’s a safe bet that I won’t be bicycling to work over the Legare Bridge.
This issue is not about me. It is about Charleston being the kind of city that cherishes and respects all of its citizens regardless of their (desired or required) mode of transportation.
One argument contends this neglects the needs of the many versus in favor of the few and that it’s not worth the money because it benefits so few.
What this really boils down to is convenience and safety. My question to everyone who uses the bridge would be: How many seconds or minutes of your time (convenience) are you willing to give up to protect the safety (life and limb) of your fellow citizens? How valuable is your time in comparison to their safety?
Personally, a couple of minutes of my time is not more valuable than the lives or safety of those who need (or want) to bike over the bridge to get to work.
That being said, my delays have been minimal to non-existent. A few seconds to a minute or two — not even enough time to hear an extra song on my car stereo.
This modification to the bridge is about being good citizens, good neighbors.
It’s about compassion. It’s about acceptance. It’s about selflessness.
It’s about our city (which means us) placing value on every citizen, including those who can’t afford a car or choose not to drive one.
Isn’t that the kind of place we can all be proud to call home?
William T. Eubanks