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Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure Projects Create More Jobs—So Why is Funding Out of Whack?
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Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure Projects Create More Jobs—So Why is Funding Out of Whack?

When it comes to our nation’s commitment to investing in transportation infrastructure, Caron Whitaker of America Bikes reports that “12% of all trips are by bike or on foot, yet America spends only about 1% of its transportation budget on bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.“ Add to that the startling statistic that nearly 14% of all traffic-related fatalities are bicyclists and pedestrians, and you begin to see a picture emerge that something’s kind of screwy in the land of transportation funding.

What’s it going to take to get the spending pendulum to swing on over to what would seem to be a proportionately appropriate amount of funding? Biking and walking advocates been extolling the benefits of those modes of transportation for years, and indeed, we have seen a marked increase in biking and walking since 2001. So, why does funding for infrastructure to make these travel modes safer, more viable options for people continue to lag behind? Hmmm. Wouldn’t it be great if bike/walk advocates had well-researched, hard-hitting facts to assist them in their advocacy efforts? Something that was so relevant to Americans of all stripes that even the most stubborn “climate-change-is-a-hoax-and-you-can’t-make-me-ride-a-bike” type can sink his/her teeth into it. Ooh…I know…how about JOBS?

Enter the Political Economy Research Institute with their handy new report entitled, “Estimating the Employment Impacts of Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Road Infrastructure.”  Click here to read our full blog to learn more about their surprising discovery and what you can do to get funding on track.

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