From Dan Casey's Blog
The picture to the left is that of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Richmond, the House GOP whip.
Last week, the good congressman appeared on National Public Radio's morning news program, The Take Away, to criticize the federal stimulus plan.
Now, there are plenty of things to criticize in the stimulus plan. Probably 10,000 different things, in fact. Like more than $150 million in bonuses paid to the financial geniuses who led us into this mess.
But take a wild guess about what Cantor singled out as silly, stupid, and wasteful?
That's right ... bike paths and bike racks.
Here is what he said (h/t to S.D.)
"To give you just an example, $3 million went to the District of Columbia. You know what they did with that money? They’re going to go build bike paths, and they’re going to increase the number of bike racks in neighborhoods like Georgetown. I don’t think that that’s a stimulative move."
Far be it from me to tell Congress what's important and what's not.
But they're supposed to be listening to us. So if you have any views on the subject above, you can let Cantor, or your own district's representative, know here.
BTW, here is what League of American Bicyclists wrote about the subject:
It has been proven that dollar for dollar, bike infrastructure has a higher return on investment than road expansion. In fact, for every $1 million invested in an FHWA-approved paved bicycle or multi-use trail, the local economy gains 65 jobs.
That sounds like some smart stimulus to me.
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