Thursday, July 31, 2008

We need a freeway, not a bikepath...

Newsweek has two stories up now that people might be interested in:

Why the government wants you to drive more discusses the subsidization of automobile culture by the federal government in the States. The writer calculates the the feds spend approximately $100 billion a year on driving related subsidies. What's the best news?
The Transportation Department reported that Americans drove 9.6 billion fewer miles in May 2008 than in May 2007, a 3.7 percent drop. The result: rising demand for mass transit and declining revenues for the Federal Highway Trust Fund, which is funded by gas taxes. The Bush administration's counterintuitive policy response, as the New York Times reported, has been for the Highway Trust Fund to borrow funds from the department's mass-transit account.

Yes - President Bush pulled money OUT of mass transit to put into the highway system.


And Pedal vs. Metal is about the growing popularity of cycling causing friction between motorists and cyclists, now that motorists are feeling their superiority on the roads being threatened.

Ah well, tough for them.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

That Bush and all his cronies in the House and Senate! I'll be glad when the Democrats get control of the House and Senate. Then, we'll not have any of this kind of stuff going on. What? You mean the Dems have control of the House and Senate. How, then, is Bush able to do such things? Oh, I see, he slipped into the Treasury Department while no one was looking and pulled money OUT of mass transit and put it into the highway system. Ah, yes, this Bush has got to be stopped!

Tuco said...

I don't know dude, from the NY Times article, it looks like the House wants the money to come from a more general tax fund, but the white house is saying no - it has to come from the mass transit account.
"Last week the House passed a bill that would spend $8 billion of general tax revenue on highways. But the White House said President Bush’s senior advisers would recommend that he veto any such provision, and called for borrowing from the mass transit account instead."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/us/29transport.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Zora Anaya said...

Yes, it is getting tougher and tougher to share the road with car drivers.

Anonymous said...

sure is when you idiot cyclists figure that red lights don't apply to you... it will indeed make me a happy man the day that another cyclist comes barreling thru at 30kms down the hill, decides that the red light that governs the t-intersection that leads into the driveway of my building doesn't mean he has to stop or even slow down, and 4500 lbs of metal sends him flying in a new direction into the concrete... and he'd deserve it, same as any vehicle operator who figures he is above the law

share the road? you people have no intention of sharing the road with motorists or pedestrians... and worse is that arrogant self-satisfaction you all seem to have... even to the point that traffic laws are beneath you...

Tuco said...

In this season of political speeches and national campaigning, I wonder what the reaction would be if a major political contender endorsed, as you just have, murder as a traffic solution.

Just FYI - I stop for red lights and stop signs. I know that a bicycle is a vehicle. I ride accordingly. I've also read the asthma/respiratory data in relation to automobile exhaust, and the climate change reports, and the natural resources issues related to cars/oil - so in stepping onto my bike rather than easing into a car I know that my decision is a positive one. "Arrogant self-satisfacion"? Well, if the cyclists in your area act that way, that's a shame, but don't paint us all with that brush. We might be tempted to describe all motorists as murderers.

tyrtle said...

"You People", "Those People"... Stereotype much? Don't tell me: "Some of your best friends are cyclists."

It is precisely this type of stereotyping (cyclists are guilty of it too) that is behind much of the driver/cyclist confrontation IMO. When a cyclist feels wronged by a driver, or vice versa they get that much more angry because it is *righteous* anger. Not only did that cyclist run the red light but they're a damned hippie pinko commie that hates freedom! And that driver that cut me off? Obviously they are lazy suburbanites with no regard for the environment or anything but themselves.