Boy they really hate bike funding. First they got all outraged about the DOE funding bike parking in Columbus, OH and now it's a bike trail that will connect New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
Who: Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.
What: Menendez and his fellow senator from New Jersey are touting a $2.3 million upgrade to bicycle paths that will connect New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
Why it's an outrage: The grant comes from $1.5 billion in transportation funds awarded as part of the federal stimulus. Unless the new economy means we're using rickshaws for shipping, it's unclear how bike paths will "stimulate" the economy.
First of all, why is Sen. Menendez being criticized. He didn't grant the money, DOT did. He's just glad about it. Sheesh. Talk about spitting in someone else's ice cream... Is it even a good idea to have a daily outrage? That can't be good for one's health.
Jeff Peel at Bike League responds.
The paper fails to recognize bicycling as a legitimate form of transportation for starters, but also misses the point of the TIGER grants.
The bicycle industry supports nearly 1.1 million jobs and generates an estimated $17.7 billion in federal, state, and local taxes. This includes the over 140 bike shops and major bike manufacturer in New Jersey. Bike facilities are great at stimulating the ever more competitive tourism dollars. For example, the Outer Banks area of North Carolina saw a 9 to 1 return on their investment in bike paths and widened shoulders. TIGER grants were also about sustainable, innovative designs that improve livability. Something that increases lanes on existing highways doesn’t do enough.