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TACOMA: Bureaucratic pothole opens up in Proctor

Letter by John C. Cain, Tacoma on May 22, 2013 at 11:20 am | No Comments »
May 22, 2013 2:44 pm

Re:”Proctor’s bike-rack bureaucracy tests patience of local Boy Scout” (Larry LaRue column, 5-22).

The Pacific Northwest Shop’s request to have a bicycle rack designed and created by a person from the Northwest seems more than reasonable. The Proctor District Association’s (PDA) denial of the permit seems less so.

Bicycle racks have many uses and purposes: They make shopping convenient for riders, encourage others to ride, make sidewalks safer for pedestrians, demonstrate a commitment to exercise and are an affirmative way to reduce our collective carbon footprint. In this case, the racks were an expression of Zach Quellette’s artistic talent and civic pride. He created them as Boy Scout Merit Badge project.

I suppose the PDA’s refusal to permit the installation of the racks has a purpose, of the educational variety. Despite the support of several Proctor merchants and the Proctor Farmers Market Association, and the knowledge that bikes would not cost the PDA a dime to install, the PDA will not permit their installation. The PDA claims that they are not in conformance with its three-dimensional artistic plan – which is nowhere to be found.

The black hole of a bureaucracy is far more difficult for a bicyclist to avoid than a pothole. This is something, the PDA seems to think, a Boy Scout is never too young to learn.

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