Unfortunately, my Oklahoma senators aren't likely to listen to any contradictory voices. Inhofe and Coburn do indeed hear voices, but they're the once urging them to shrink government until it's small enough to drown in a bathtub.
This is certainly not DeMint's first time speaking out against bicycle infrastructure projects. He seems to use the example of bike lanes as wasteful government spending every chance he gets. Strangely though, has at least some support among cyclists here in the upstate of south Carolina. I sent an email Friday to our local cycling club list and got quite a few negative responses from DeMint supporters who agree with him 100%.
I guess some cyclists who just ride for recreation on country roads could care less about bike lanes and any other bicycle transportation oriented infrastructure projects. It bothers when people think of bikes as nothing more than toys, but unfortunately many pretty avid cyclists feel exactly that same way.