Today on my morning ride I had a chance opportunity for a Jenkin’s Trail bikeway chat with avid cyclist Bond Shands. As a cycling advocate, Bond deserves kudos for his efforts that led to the City of Palm Springs and the City of Cathedral City installing the bicycle and pedestrian crossing on Cathedral Canyon Road at the Whitewater Channel.
Today’s chat was a nice coincidence for me since his concerns regarding CV/Link were in today’s The Desert Sun. It has perplexed me that he seems to be so publicly against this project when I so often see him riding his bike on what may eventually become sections of CV/Link. Like Rancho Mirage Mayor Hobart, he says he isn’t against CV/Link in general, just the process… not enough “transparency” and not enough “independent” research on the value and cost of this project.
He told me that he supports everything Mayor Dana Hobart, says with regard to opposing the CV/Link. Bond described CVAG Director, Tom Kirk, and County Supervisor, John Benoit, as “obstructionists.” That makes no sense to me. I told him I thought it was Mayor Hobart who is the obstructionist and that it seems to me Hobart loves the sound of his own voice and that it must even bore Bond when Hobart starts to publicly read his 35 minute objections to CV/Link. It was Bond’s response to this comment that made his CV/Link objections clear to me. My comment obviously upset Bond. He immediately ended the conversation by taking off on his bike and snapping back to me that he and Mayor Hobart are “close friends.” Aww, I am no longer perplexed at his stance against CV/Link.