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Reader: Paving Bloomington bike trail is a boondoggle in every way

"What this project does is give Republicans another opportunity to use the words "bicycle" and "boondoggle" in yet another talking point on why we shouldn't spend on cycling infrastructure."

"What this project does is give Republicans another opportunity to use the words "bicycle" and "boondoggle" in yet another talking point on why we shouldn't spend on cycling infrastructure."

Reader Shawn Jeppesen responds to The high-priced paved bike trail Bloomington doesn't want:

"I'm all about supporting cycling infrastructure where it makes sense. My beef with this is more about the cost, continuing maintenance costs and how those dollars will actually benefit cyclists.

"This project is a loss for cyclists. The $13 million could be better spent on creating safe routes for commuters. What this project does is give Republicans another opportunity to use the words "bicycle" and "boondoggle" in yet another talking point on why we shouldn't spend on cycling infrastructure.

"It has massive initial costs and massive ongoing costs due to it being in a flood plain. It will serve few people and give the large number of hikers and cyclists that use it now the boot. It's also taken care of for free right now by these people. It's all loss."