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Secretary Peters Says Bikes “Are Not Transportation”

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We’d expect this kind of thing from some people, but on PBS “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” this week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters said that instead of raising taxes on gasoline to renew the nations sagging infrastructure, Congress should examine its spending priorities — including investments in bike paths and trails, which, Peters said, “are not transportation.”

And there’s more where that came from, But really what’s point. The US Republicans really are dinosaurs.

But one cute little statistic that is irresistible is that the states have not spent the money that congress has been allocating for new bridges – there’s been a 27% shortfall over the last ten years. Well, of course. The States probably have to put up some of their own money to qualify. And, of course, no mention of no money for maintenance.

Written by Stephen Rees

August 17, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Posted in cycling