ON BIKE CULTURE IN EUGENE | Fine blogging since 2010 (with periodic long breaks)
I’ve been reading this book called “On Bicycles” — imagine that, me reading a book! And I learned something: In 1992, Congress passed a bill that started funneling gas tax money — a very small fraction of it actually — to states to build better infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians.
It’s been going on ever since.
Now, Congress is working on a new transportation bill. As it stands, the new bill removes all of the dedicated funding for bike and pedestrian projects. I won’t go into all the details, because people who know more than I do already have:
So what, you’re wondering, do we have to show for this 20 years of dedicated money for bicycle and pedestrian projects?
Here are some projects in Eugene were partly paid for by these federal funds:
Also on the chopping block is a program called Safe Routes to School, which does such good work as teaching bike safety to school kids and improving street crossings, so we can encourage families to get kids walking and riding to school again. For an idea of what this program has done, check out this Google map.