Several bicycle blogs have reported on this issue so I'll point you to them, but the gist of it: Federal funding shortfalls means states will cut funding for several programs. Funding to programs beneficial to cyclists are in danger of cuts beyond their relative proportion to the rest of a state's transportation budget. Thunderhead Alliance urges cyclists to pressue state transportation departments to make their cuts on a proportational basis at worst. Because we have a war to pay for and all, y'know.
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Yep. I read the press release from TA, and for now, all I can think about is the utter self-centered attitude and near blindness of it. Iraq and Afghanistan are costing us, what, a billion dollars per day? We need more troops. The troops need more up-armored vehicles, and they CLEARLY need better medical care. Yet TA whines about the loss of bicycle facilities funding. There's a fundamental disconnect in their thinking, a lapse of ethics and ordinary human empathy that reveals a grasping, money-grubbing attitude that I find revolting.