Thursday, August 16, 2007

USDOT Head Calls Bike Paths "A prime example of waste"

From a League of American Bicyclists press release. Folks, this is exactly the problem that we've been dealing with all along, but at a national level. Please follow the links at the end of the article to take action against this uninformed moron.
Transportation Secretary Mary Peters talks about infrastructure problems and travel initiatives.
Peters cited "bicycle paths" as a prime example of the waste


Last night on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Leher, DOT Secretary Mary Peters was interviewed by Gwen Ifill.

Peters, when asked about a possible gas tax increase, repeated President Bush's response - No, there can be no tax increase because Congress is wasting the money they already get. Peters cited "bicycle paths" as a prime example of the waste because bicycles are not a transportation use of the gas tax money.

It is disappointing that the administration is attacking Jim Oberstar for his efforts to get the Minneapolis bridge repaired along with raising all the funding for transportation maintenance, by using Oberstar's support for bicycles as a weapon.

The League of American Bicyclists feels strongly that this should not go without a response and we have sent a letter to Secretary Peters voicing our view. Click here to view our response.

For those of you who feel strongly about bicycling issues, we would also urge you to contact the Secretary to share your personal viewpoints.

To view a copy of the program click here

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