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Building Bike Paths Is Great for the Economy

by Cord Jefferson

January 23, 2011

New Republican House Speaker John Boehner said in January 2009 that, though he supported the infrastructure spending in Obama's stimulus package, he wanted to make sure it would be going to the right kind of infrastructure. "I think there’s a place for infrastructure," he said, "but what kind of infrastructure? Infrastructure to widen highways, to ease congestion for American families? ... But if we’re talking about beautification projects, or we’re talking about bike paths, Americans are not going to look very kindly on this."

This disparity, researchers say, comes from the fact that making bike paths is heavy on labor but light on equipment, whereas repairing roads is just the opposite.

It should go without saying that we need to continue repairing roads in order to make this country work. But let this data serve as reminder to people like Boehner, who scoff at bike paths as being somehow unreasonable, that bike infrastructure isn't just feasible, it's fiscally and environmentally wise.

photo (cc) via Flickr user sometoast 

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Building Bike Paths Is Great for the Economy