Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a “major policy revision” that aims to give bicycling and walking the same policy and economic consideration as driving.
“Today I want to announce a sea change,” he wrote on his blog last week. “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of nonmotorized.”
Mr. LaHood also indicated the department is discouraging “transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians.” [emphasis added]
Not surprisingly, the news had bike enthusiasts excited.
“It is simply the strongest statement of support for prioritizing bicycling and walking ever to come from a sitting secretary of transportation,” said Darren Flusche, policy analyst for the League of American Bicyclists.
Nonetheless, some business groups have expressed concern that giving walking and biking the same policy considerations as other transportation modes, as Mr. LaHood recommended, would impede progress on other fronts.
“Treating bicycles and other nonmotorized transportation as equal to motorized transportation would cause an economic catastrophe,” warned Carter Wood, a senior adviser at the National Association of Manufacturers. “If put it into effect, the policy would more than undermine any effort the Obama Administration has made toward jobs. You can’t have jobs without the efficient movement of freight.” [emphasis added] ...
Read it here. Your tax dollars, not so hard at work.
Now, we're not even going to spend that "stimulus" money on "shovel ready" projects for actual cargo-carrying transportation infrastructure. But hey, we'll have a lot of bike paths, which may come in useful when the FedGov has inflated away our wealth and we can't afford to buy gas anymore. Hmmm, so maybe they are preparing us all for that future. They, of course, will still be scooting around in their limos, SUVs, and taxpayer-funded private jets.
I can just see it now: Thousands of Walmart "drivers" on their bicycles, hauling their cargo (whatever they can) to resupply your local Supercenter on the Interstate Bicycle Superhighways of our new Promised Land. Ahhh, the sweaty smell of collectivism.
We will, however, continue to hurtle onwards towards economic collapse, with idiots and Marxists in charge, and as the last vestiges of the Republic crumble around us.