Today, back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Adam Voiland at DC Bicycle Transportation Examiner looks at Republican Chief Deputy Whip Kevin McCarthy's scornful remarks about Washington, DC's use of stimulus funds for what he referred to as "bike racks." As Voiland points out, the money isn't going to bike racks at all, it's going to expand the SmartBike DC bike-share program:
Note to Rep. McCarthy: This is much more than just a bike rack.
Every year, D.C. earns the dubious distinction of being one of America’s most congested cities. One only needs to wander downtown or try to get out of the city on one of the main arteries during rush hour to understand why. According to a report from the Texas Transportation Institute, the organization that has conducted the nation’s longest running study of congestion, the average District commuters gets delayed in traffic for more than 60 hours per year.
As we all know, getting caught in traffic is infuriating. Perhaps less understood is that it’s also expensive. The authors of the same report conclude that the cost per traveler is more $1,094 per person each year. In total, the report concludes, excess traffic costs the DC region more than $2.3 billion per year. The fewer people in their cars, in other words, the more money we all save.