Kansas & Florida opt out of trail funding

The MAP-21 transportation funding passed by Congress last June included a controversial opt-out provision. States were given leeway to eliminate already anemic “enhancements” funding and use the whole enchilada for highway spending only.

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Gene Hackman rides a bike

81 year old actor Gene Hackman was hit from behind by a car pickup truck as he rode his bicycle on Islamorada in the Florida Keys this afternoon. He’s been released from the hospital.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the pickup truck who hit Hackman, according to the Miami Herald.

More at TMZ: Gene Hackman Airlifted to Hospital — Hit By a Car in Florida.

H/T to Murph.

Passing distance vs distance from curb

Study shows gutter bunnies get squeezed; for maximum passing distance, ride three to four feet from the curb.

The Florida Department of Transportation published a study [PDF] in which highway researchers measured how much room car and truck drives gave cyclists on Florida roads.

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