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More $ for Walking, Biking

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:54 am    Post subject: More $ for Walking, Biking Reply with quote

In a recent survey by national transportation reform groups (designed by Collective Strength and conducted by Harris Interactive), Americans clearly indicated that we should be spending more transportation dollars on active transportation facilities. Here's how their responses compared to current spending breakdowns:

Transportation Mode

How would you distribute federal transportation funds?
How federal transportation funds are actually distributed*

Roads 37% 78%

Transit 41% 20%

Walking and bicycling 22% 1.5%

The variance between what is desired for bicycles (22%) and what is allocated (1.5%) is so great that I'm surprised there isn't some sort of subtle psychic imbalance in American society. Our wishes as far as tax spending are clearly not being implemented by the leadership.
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