Sometimes I ask for little things here in this blog, lights, maybe a helmet liner, nothing really expensive but I ask because I don’t have the money to get things on my own.
Now I’m asking for something really big, so that whatever else I need I can get it on my own from my own resources. And if I get this thing lots of other people will benefit from it. I’m asking for a job.
I’m not asking for just any old job making metric buttloads of money. I’m asking for a particular job, a job that doesn’t exist yet that can help save lives and save money. Someone mentioned that NCTCOG is considering adding an actual cyclist to their review process to go over transportation projects as they are created and make sure they are safe to ride a bicycle on or designed in such a way that people on bicycles can get to where they need to go without using them directly. This can save lives, time, and money because making sure a project will work for everybody before it gets built means that other projects to fix the problems caused by the first project aren’t needed and that money can go to solving other problems.
Now the problem for me is at this point the job is not even a written proposal. It is a detailed suggestion, written around my qualifications, of something that is needed. I need for that suggestion to go all the way to fully-funded position, with me doing that job. How can this happen? The idea is for me to have meaningful work that saves lives and saves money, lives of people that use the projects, lives of people that don’t use the projects but start cycling because the projects help create a safe environment for riding a bicycle, and everybody’s tax dollars.
You want safe places to ride a bicycle in North Texas? You want the most good with the least expenditure of tax money when these projects are built? Help me figure out how to get this job.