• U.S. House Passes Anti-Bike Transportation Bill

    by  • June 29, 2012 • Federal Funding, No Digest • 0 Comments

    Minutes ago, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed (373-52) the Boxer-Mica “highway” bill that defunds the most important federal program for walking and bicycling.  The 20 year “Transportation Enhancements” program, which has funded 10s of thousands of walking/cycling projects since 1992 (e.g. the Northern Delaware Greenway) will soon cease to exist if, as expected later today, the U.S. Senate also give its approval to Boxer-Mica.

    Make no mistake,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the co-chair of the Congressional Bike Caucus said, “it is not a bill to be proud of.”

    Rep. Blumenauer, Rep. John Carney (D-DE) and every member of their caucus voted for the bill.  All 52 “nay” votes were from the Republican caucus.

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    About

    James Wilson is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever. Delaware is now officially ranked as the #3 Bicycle Friendly State in America.

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