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#NBS12-Washington Post

An article on the National Bike Summit in the Washington Post:

National Bike Summit: Cycling advocates headed to Capitol Hill

By Ashley Halsey III,
Published: March 19th, 2012

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The annual National Bike Summit convenes in Washington this week, with threats to government funding for bike and pedestrian programs leading the agenda.

“They want to pick on bike funding as an issue in which they’re going to draw a line in the sand,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, which hosts the summit. “We think it’s perverse and we’re not sure why we are in the crosshairs, but we are and we’re responding in kind.”

In an era of austerity in Congress and state capitals, mandates that a fraction of federal funding be spent on bike paths, bike lanes, walkways and pedestrian bridges have been called into question by those who advocate putting scarce resources into highways and bridges.

Read more: here.

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