Get off your bike!

Having gone to all that trouble to get Iraq’s oil, American politicians now want to see that it gets used. To that end, they plan to slash the federal funding for projects that encourage cycling, pedestrianisation and public transport. The $600million couldn’t be afforded because, as the press secretary for an Oklahoma representative claimed, “It’s more important to provide the basic funding for roads, before you provide money for enhancements whenever you’re facing a shortfall,”. Basic funding, in this case is $4.8billion more than was in Bush’s budget and a $518million boon for Oklahoma.

I know this doesn’t affect me directly, but it’s a stupid decision that’s so short sighted I want to slap a few senators.

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