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Secretary Peters Says Bikes “Are Not Transportation”

peters.jpgWe'd expect this kind of thing from some people [1], but not U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters.  On PBS' "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" this week, Peters stated that instead of raising taxes on gasoline to renew the nation's sagging infrastructure, Congress should examine its spending priorities -- including investments in bike paths and trails, which, Peters said, "are not transportation."

Some excerpts:

PBS has the full transcript [2], along with video of the interview.

ADDENDUM: A tipster sends along this link to a prescient STPP report [3] from 2003, debunking the myth that bridges are in ill repair because of spending in "other areas":

Why has bridge safety declined in some states while it improves in others? Although the bridge program is designed to put federal dollars where they're most needed, many states fail to take full advantage of the funding available to them. Overall, the states have spent only 73% of the bridge funding allocated by Congress over the last decade ...

Photo: FHWA