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Taken for a ride

Updated: Jul 16, 2023

Dear ER:

Beach Cities Health District plans to convert 400-feet of road and alley into bike lanes. The problem is that BCHD plans to spend at least $1.4 million in Measure M (county half cent sales tax) on that 400 feet. That’s $290 per inch. The South Bay needs over 200 miles of bike path. That would cost over $3 trillion using BCHD’s project cost as a metric. How did this happen? One reason is that neither Metro, which funded the project with Measure M funds, nor South Bay Cities Council of Governments, which approved the project, conducted any cost-effectiveness analysis. Measure M’s sales tax collects $1 billion per year. Do none of the other projects have cost analyses?

Mark Nelson

Redondo Beach, CA

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