Bike Lanes

One of my favorite cases this year has got to be Bike Lanes. We ran with it at the few tournaments Rio Hondo competed in NFA-LD and I think it makes a lot of intuitive sense. It also seems to be a very debatable topic. I had the opportunity to watch a round on bike lanes at CCCFA between Modesto and San Joaquin that I thought was terrific. The debater from San Joaquin had done some original case specific research after hitting the case a few weeks before at NCFA – a fantastic reason why NFA-LD is a great debate format (btw – as Modesto pointed out – it did make the predictability standard on topicality sound a bit silly since they had debated before!)

I saw this link from the Department of Transportation which may spell doom for the case. Some choice quotations from the text although there is a lot of video as well – note, this is from the Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood

Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.

We are integrating the needs of bicyclists in federally-funded road projects. We are discouraging transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians. And we are encouraging investments that go beyond the minimum requirements and provide facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

And the Obama Administration hasn’t been sitting idle on the bike front this past year either.

Just last month through our TIGER program, we funded major bicycle projects in Indianapolis and in the Philadelphia-Camden-Trenton region.

And our ongoing inter-agency DOT-EPA-HUD partnership on sustainable communities actively encourages planning for walkability and bikability. We think livability means giving folks the flexibility to choose their own mobility.

(this last one could be a good answer to USFG not reforming transpotation and/or federalism – this action didn’t cause civil war!)

If you plan on attending NFA or more NFA-LD tournaments this year it’s time to dust off those inherency theory blocks and insert some solid evidence about US domestic transpotation policy with respect to bike lanes. As a judge I would look very favorably on an inherency press that there is little standing in the way to the affirmative case. If you can assert that NFA-LD should be judged on a stock issues paradigm and the affirmative can’t prove an inherent barrier – you win as negative. Any thoughts on Bike Lanes as a case?

Here are some additional links to Bike lane information we used when writing our case:

Making Walking and Cycling Safer: Lessons from Europe
Guardian Article
Bicycle Universe

Bike Lanes Considered Harmful

Driving Less from UC Transportation Center

Bicycles and Communities from UC Transportation Center

some more recent links:

Mexico City

Bike Culture
Portland Police

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