Some days, you just need a good laugh. That’s what happened when I read this article:
It seems Stockholm had put in place a “gender-equal” snow removal plan. Please go read the whole article, but here’s the gist:
The city government is intent on putting as much civic energy into clearing bike paths and sidewalks used by environmentally- and fitness-minded women as into the roads frequented by male-dominated motor vehicle traffic.
But chaos reportedly was the result for both genders. … Buses (also, it turns out, heavily used by women) were stuck by the hundreds on roads blocked by stalled cars. Light rail trains moved at half speed, forcing stranded commuters to walk for hours to get home from work, slipping and falling on glasslike sidewalks and bike paths. Others stayed home with children as schools shut down.
Daniel Helldén, a Green Party member who is vice mayor for traffic, was quick to blame the record snowfall (15 inches in a day) rather than the new policy. … He explained the rationale for gender-equal snow removal: “It hurt more when you fall when walking and cycling, while those who drive are comfortable no matter whether it’s snowing. It is about three times as many pedestrians who are injured than motorists in weather like this. … But there is also an accessibility argument that the city should be accessible to all. Snow and ice keeps many at home. Above all, it affects women who increasingly are walking and cycling more than men.”
Fredrik Antonsen complained on his Iotakt blog: “The Green Party’s policies — whether it’s about energy, security and defense, schools or snow removal — is a policy that does not work when reality intrudes on it. The Green Party is a party that dreams, that is so naive it hurts. Yesterday’s snow chaos had been difficult without the Green Party’s ideas, but became even harder when the ideas became reality.”
BwaaahahahaHAHAHAHAHAhahaha snort hack gasp.
Okay, I feel much better know.