Not a good sign when conservative Republicans praise Sen. Boxer:
California Sen. Barbara Boxer won rare praise from Republicans Wednesday for unanimously passing an overhaul of federal highway programs bill out of her committee. Boxer, a liberal Democrat who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, worked hand-in-hand with conservative Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe to consolidate 90 federal highway programs into 30, grant states more flexibility in spending highway money
That “flexibility” comes directly at the expense of dedicated bike/ped programs:
Republicans have waged a concerted fight to eliminate the programs, complaining of wasteful spending on transportation museums and landscaping along with bike trails. The bill continues current funding for bicycle and pedestrian paths but removes all funding for transportation museums. States that don’t want bike lanes can spend the money instead on high-occupancy car lanes or other congestion-reducing measures.