Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Secretary LaHood defends bicycle infrastructure funding

As we've noted in the past, Senator Coburn (R) of Oklahoma doesn't like bikes or bike infrastructure. He and Senator McCain tried to remove Transportation Enhancement funding from the upcoming Transportation bill. That move was soundly defeated as have all attempts to strip TE funding.

Most recently he singled out some bike projects that were funded by Recovery funds. It's refreshing to see that Transportation Secretary LaHood agrees we need better bike facilities. In a recent blog post Coburn Report dismisses Recovery-supported bike paths LaHood defends the Recovery spending:
"We've worked hard this year to get our Recover Act dollars out to the states quickly and effectively. Yes, some of those projects include bike paths, a key ingredient in our livability initiative to allow people to live, work, and get around without a car.

We don't call that waste; we call it progress."

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