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Friday, May 17, 2013

The Damage of US Congressional Bill MAP-21

Junction Trail可決されたMAP-21法案の被害

It's a long way from Kyoto, the but the actions of a short-sighted US Congress in far away Washington are cause for concern.

In the federal transportation bill passed last June 30, cycling and cyclists took it on the proverbial chin, especially the growing rails-to-trails movement.

In short, the bill 1) slashed funding for trails by 30%, 2) made more types of projects - for example, roads etc. - eligible for funding (and thus in competition with cycling needs and spending), and 3) increased opportunities for states to opt out of programs for cycling.

Trails like the Junction and Breakwater in Lewes, Delaware, may suffer - or never get built.


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