Don’t blame Congress, blame bike racks for the lack of research funding for the Zika virus:
When asked why the NIH did not choose to purchase cheaper bike racks, the NIH said the bike shelters are a “long-term investment.”
“The shelters help to protect bicycles from the elements, which in turn, protects the employee’s investment with biking to work and hopefully encourages others to commute by bicycle,” Moss said. “Promotion and support of bicycling as an alternative commuting option is essential for NIH compliance with federal guidelines to promote environmental stewardship and employee health benefits.”
The NIH referred questions about the price of the bike shelters to the company and the NIH Contracting Office.
The NIH has said it has “no money” to fight the Zika virus.
The typical cost for a sheltered bike rack is on the order of $10,000. The NIH purchased two of them.