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$1.2 Billion spent on Bicycling and Walking Initiatives

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In 2008, the government allocated less than $600 million for bicycling and walking projects. Last year, the federal government increased the fund by $400 million as part of the economic recovery program.

Last March, Ray LaHood, President Obama’s transportation secretary, declared a new policy that will give priority to bicycling and walking projects, the same important attention as those of automotive projects. This would apply in future transportation planning sessions and selection of projects, which will be included in the federal budget.

The livability initiative under the Obama’s administration aims to solve transportation concerns that have wrought the nation. The new policy by LaHood is part of a plan that gives citizens more of an alternative to driving. Aside from bicycling and walking, taking buses, streetcars and trains are also included.

A significant increase in bicycling and walking trips from the duration of 1990 to 2009 cannot be ignored. LaHood explains, “Americans…

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Increase in Bicycling and Walking in U.S.

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The National Biking and Walking Study: a 15-year Status Report was a study conducted by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. It tackles the trend in bicycling and walking since 1994. So far, the result of that study has been promising.

The goal of the study was to “double the percentage of total trips made by bicycling and walking from 7.9% to 15.8% of all travel trips.” From the looks of things, the PBIC might achieve its goal. From 1990 to 2009, more and more people have chosen to walk from 18 billion people to 42.5 billion. As for bicycling, it also increased from 1.7 billion to 4 billion.

In a survey done in 2009 called the National Household Travel Survey, bicycling and walking takes 11.9% out of all the trips. Down by 3.9% from the PBIC’s goal.

The added bonus to the situation is that as more and more people walk…

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