26 May '11, 10pm

Transportation Funding for Bicycling: an Economic No-Brainer?

Transportation Funding for Bicycling: an Economic No-Brainer?

A cyclist in a bike lane in Manhattan Even the most die-hard supporter of our current personal transportation infrastructure (essentially, roads and bridges designed for cars) will likely admit that bicycling (and walking) has some fundamental benefits: a very low environmental footprint, a lot of saved money for those using bikes for at least some of their transportation (though just how much savings is a matter of some debate ), better health for riders, etc. Ask those same people if they think government, whether at the federal, state, or local level, should pay for infrastructure to make biking safer and more convenient, and you probably won’t see the same level of agreement… they may well concur with some state and federal legislators that such spending is ripe for the chopping block. But does that make economic sense? Jay Walljasper of People for Bikes had a detailed...

Full article: http://blog.sustainablog.org/transportation-funding-for-b...

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