Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bicycle Projects Have Priority

"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race," quote H.G. Wells.

The SAFETEA-LU reauthorization bill is expected to be introduced in May by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Oberstar, who was instrumental in getting the Safe Routes to School program — which encourages children to walk to school — into the last transportation bill, vowed that he would seek to expand biking and walking initiatives in the next measure.

“There is no question, except how big will [biking initiatives] be?” Oberstar told the National Bike Summit last night.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, “We don’t want to wait for new authorization legislation to take action. I encourage you to work with state and local officials to propose projects that may be eligible for a portion of these [stimulus] funds.”

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