Friday, October 23, 2009

Dave Bicking - Pod Person?

From the Mpls Issues forum:

In the recent past, the 6th ward has dealt with a Council Member that ineffectively pursued another Quixotic transit fantasy (Pod cars on elevated guideways) and I think that folks would do well to remember how that experience ended up while they evaluate their ballot.

As I stated in my previous post, our incumbents in wards 6, 8, and 9 have not been perfect (and they should not be expected to be perfect). I appreciate and value the roles of their challengers to put themselves out there in hopes of doing better and/or pushing our incumbents to do better. I just see things a little differently than they do: in wards 6, 8, and 9 we have excellent CMs that are doing an excellent job whereas the challengers would likely have us pursuing Pod Cars on elevated guideways.

According to his son Ian, Dave Bicking is your garden-variety PRT-promoting politician:

Well, I can't really speak for him as a candidate, but Dave has followed PRT for some time and he knows quite a few of the people involved in CPRT. Dean Zimmerman, who is a Green City Council member in Minneapolis (neighboring ward) has been a strong proponent of PRT during his time in office (and like all the councilmembers, he's also up for reelection).

I get the impression there's conflict in the Green Party over this, as some see PRT as a dig on traditional mass transit like Light Rail. I'm personally very excited about PRT, as mass transit just doesn't work well.

More HERE.

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