Monday, November 15, 2010

Cycling and the choice of the 2010 cycle

Here is a summary of several articles on the 2010 mid-term elections, and how it can impact cycling advocacy and transport infrastructure.

"Bicycle retailer and industry news" is an agnostic view and speculated that Democrats, if facilitates your chairs, advocating cycling might be actually effective projects:

Cycling's two biggest supporters Republic Earl Blumenauer (D ore) and James Oberstar (D-Minnesota) shows direction for re-election despite the wind rose in most Democratic incumbent this year...

But if the Republicans take control of the House, Oberstar its strong position as Chairman of the House loses transportation and infrastructure Committee – the Committee that oversees the multi billion dollar federal transportation bill, the billions of dollars in bike projects has channeled.

The next Congress will be the fate of the $450 billion to determine six-year federal transport which financed cycling infrastructure projects into account.The Bill has been advised stalled for more than a year.

Oberstar's likely successor as Chairman is John mica, a Republican who represents a district in the Northwestern Florida.

MICA have to accommodate many Republicans, views the oppose spending on so called "transport improvements" projects for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Bureau of national affairs considered it likely that a controlled Republican House would try remapping of money currently intended for cycling infrastructure projects:

MICA - other revenue said that is diverted "one of the ways is $500 billion price tag for the Legislation… to reach Versionscurrent law requires States use at least 10 percent of its highway funds to - transportation improvements" such as sidewalks, bike lanes, roadside beautification projects or transport Museen.Die financing amounts to more than $4 billion per year.

That $4 billion is roughly a quarter to cycling infrastructure to put this verwendet.Um in perspective is this recent post by The League of American Bicyclists:

It's miles of biking facilities to create countless bike parking uses is hundreds of safe routes to schools for children, recreation hiking trails and other required Projekte.Allerdings it still a drop in the overall transport Eimer.Radfahren and hiking up 12 percent of all travel and less than two percent of the Federal transport financing erhalten.Um which is billions of dollars in perspective, the amount of federal money for bicycle and pedestrian projects nationwide, in the financial year 2010 equal costs only a bridge in the port of long beach.

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