Obamas Transportation Sec Attempts to Cause Yet More Economic Misery

March 27, 2010 at 07:25 (Economy, General Stupidity, News, Politics, Society)

OK, aside from the absurdity of it all, which is obvious, who would pay for this crap? Yet another fiat from the throne the states have to pay, I guess. And who under heaven can possibly compare the economic benefit of good roads for transporting goods and people with a freakin’ bicycle lane?? I grant you that larger cities might ease congestion if more people biked, but a mandate is not the way to go. Most larger cities are socialist bastions already, and thus so far overextended they are on the verge of collapse. Texan cities are different, but they will fight this sort of big government intrusion tooth and nail, so I wouldn’t count on that.

This is just another head-in-the-clouds liberal that daydreams his way through policy. “Wow, man. Like, wouldn’t it rock if everyone rode bikes everywhere, man? I mean, like, there would be no pollution, man. And everyone would be like, brothers of the bike, man….”

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a “major policy revision” that aims to give bicycling and walking the same policy and economic consideration as driving.

“Today I want to announce a sea change,” he wrote on his blog last week. “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of nonmotorized.”

The new policy, which was introduced a few days after Mr. LaHood gave a well-received speech from atop a table at the National Bike Summit, is said to reflect the Transportation Department’s support for the development of fully integrated transportation networks.

It calls on state and local governments to go beyond minimum planning and maintenance requirements to provide convenient and safe amenities for bikers and walkers. “Walking and biking should not be an afterthought in roadway design,” the policy states.

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At a House appropriations committee hearing last week, Congressman Steven LaTourette, Republican of Ohio, brought up the new policy and asked a Transportation Department official to clarify what Mr. LaHood means by “equal treatment.”

“If we’re going to spend $1 million on a road, we’re not going to have half of it go to a bike lane and half of it go to cars?” he asked, according to a transcript of the hearing.

“My interpretation of that would be equal in the eyes of policymakers as what is the expenditure you make, what is the benefit you get,” responded Roy Kienitz, D.O.T.’s under secretary for policy. “And if the freight project offers the best bang, great, but if the bike project offers a good bang, great for them.”

“I don’t even understand how you get a bang for the buck out of a bicycle project,” Mr. LaTourette subsequently commented. “I mean, what job is going to be created by having a bike lane?”

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