U.S. Secretary Peters Says Bikes 'Are Not Transportation'

<p>U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters implies that federal money is wasted on cycling infrastructure.</p>
August 20, 2007, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"On PBS' 'NewsHour with Jim Lehrer' this week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters said that instead of raising taxes on gasoline to renew the nation's sagging infrastructure, Congress should examine its spending priorities -- including investments in bike paths and trails, which, Peters said, 'are not transportation.'"

"'Well, there's about probably some 10 percent to 20 percent of the current spending that is going to projects that really are not transportation, directly transportation-related. Some of that money is being spent on things, as I said earlier, like bike paths or trails,'" said Peters.

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Published on Friday, August 17, 2007 in Streetsblog
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