Effects of the New Transportation Bill on Bicycling

On Friday, June 29, 2012, the U.S. Congress passed a new 27-month federal transportation bill, extending current law until the end of September 30, 2012 and new law from October 1, 2012 until September 30, 2014. The bad news is that, compared to current law, the bill takes a real step backwards. That is truly disappointing, coming at a time when we sorely need forward-looking 21st century transportation policy that provides balanced transportation choices and improves public health and safety, economic development, the quality of our environment and the livability of our communities. Instead, the bill makes federal transportation policy more highway-centric, focusing on new road capacity and increasing the federal share of such projects…


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