"Like a Squeezed Balloon..."
Emeryville's City Hall Staff Can't Imagine
|Analogy for Sisyphean Meaningless Work: |
Squeeze it here and the air goes over there;
you've accomplished nothing says Emeryville.
Sometimes a single utterance gives away the whole game...
When a feature of a democratically vetted new polity is described by those entrusted with promulgating it as a flaw, you know there's a fundamental lack of understanding going on.
And that's what's happening behind the scenes at Emeryville City Hall right now.
Case in point: when recently interviewing the department heads management staff, the same curiously quoted axiom kept coming up: the idea of the futility of squeezing a balloon as a stand-in for meaningless work. What these paid staffers are referring to is our Bike Plan and its provisions for building a network of bike boulevards in Emeryville.
Bike boulevards are corridors set aside primarily for bicycles and central to that endeavor is the requirement laid out in the Bike Plan to strictly limit the number of motor vehicles using these specially designated streets. The Plan seeks to force cars from the bike boulevards over to regular streets for the safety of bicyclists. This isn't a bug, it's a feature.
"If the idea is to atomize traffic in town,
trying to keep an equal amount
on all streets that the balloon
analogy reinforces, then there's really
no such thing as a bike boulevard".
|City Manager Carolyn Lehr|
A fundamental lack of cognition:
"Like a squeezed balloon, the traffic
will just go elsewhere, you're
not solving anything" she said
of bike boulevards.
We call on the Emeryville City staff to educate yourselves about our General Plan, our Bike Plan and Bike Boulevards. The squeezed balloon image that you've been citing as reason for your dismissive demeanor is actually how it's supposed to work; we're supposed to squeeze traffic off the bike boulevards and onto regular streets. Remember, it's bikes preferred, cars allowed on bike boulevards. So stop trying to subvert that basic premise and get with the program.