Oh, seriously now


Published: Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 31, 2007 at 10:27 p.m.

"...there's about probably 10 percent to 20 percent of current (transportation) spending that's going to projects that are really not directly transportation-related, like bike paths or trails." - Mary Peters, U.S. transportation secretary

Oh please. In point of fact, only about 1.54 percent of the federal transportation dollars that states get go to bicycle or pedestrian projects. While politicians promote the fiction that precious transportation dollars are being "wasted" on frivilous bike paths and sidewalks and such, America is confronted by rising gasoline prices, traffic gridlock and an obesity epidemic. "State and local governments can choose whether their money goes towards expanding highways or improving their communities for bicycling and walking," says Sue Knaup, director of the biking organization Thunderhead Alliance. "In order to make streets safe and inviting for all citizens and reverse our nation's obesity epidemic, state and local officials must get serious about investing in bicycling and walking."

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