15 Feb '12, 8am

Bipedal? Curious? Americans give walking and biking a try

Bipedal? Curious? Americans give walking and biking a try

Come on, give it a shot. You'll be glad you did. (Photo by Sean Dreilinger.) As if you needed further proof that the oil-soaked transportation bill now making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives is out of touch with reality, look no further than the just-released 2012 Benchmarking Report from the nonprofit Alliance for Biking and Walking. The report, which culls its numbers from over a dozen government sources and city and state surveys, is chock-full of evidence of the benefits of biking and walking — and the importance of funding infrastructure to encourage more people-powered transportation. While biking and walking make up 12 percent of all trips in the U.S., they receive only 1.6 percent of federal transportation funding, according to the report. If House Speaker John Boehner & Co. get their way, that percentage would drop to zero. But Americans — partic...

Full article: http://grist.org/transportation/bipedal-curious-americans...

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