I knew it. Paul Soglin hates all other bicyclists.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin reveals he is an anti-bicyclist, a secret agent of capitalism, possibly even *gasp* pro-automobile.
Madison’s Ride the Drive will roll on as scheduled on Sunday, but Mayor Paul Soglin is canceling a second event that was to take place later this year over concern about the impact on businesses.
Ride the Drive is a community event that transforms some Downtown streets into a public promenade. During the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., roads in a six-mile route are open for participants to bike, skate or walk. The event is free and open to the public.
The first Madison event took place in August 2009. There was one in June and August of 2010, with the August ride drawing Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and about 50,000 riders.
Soglin, in an interview Wednesday, said he wanted to change the route for Sunday’s event because it cut off many local businesses, especially on the State Street and the southeast side of Capitol Square, but decided to leave it because plans were too far along.
As for the second event later this year, Soglin said, “There won’t be one.”
Oh sure, Soglin rides a bicycle, but even he has limits. I tried to warn Madison residents but did they listen? I even tried to warn them right before Soglin announced he was running for mayor again but Madison voted for the fossil-fuel fascist. I still can’t wait for the mayor to ban bicycling during snow emergencies.
One Wisconsin Now’s Scot Ross hates businesses so much he actually posted on Facebook, “What, did WMC call and complain?”
Paul, they hate you already, you four-wheelin’ capitalist tool. Next, you’ll say something like trains are a bad idea. Oh wait, he already did.