The Biden administration should pour billions of dollars into a variety of bike projects because the investment will generate thousands of jobs while also obviously greening the way Americans get around, advocates said this week, citing a new report on the economic benefits of cycling investments.
A Senate proposal to shovel hundreds of billions of dollars into new freeways is so flawed that it will wipe out the Biden administration’s goal of halving carbon emissions by 2030 while feeding Americans’ dependence on cars, advocates and even some lawmakers say.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has not set goals or tracked the performance of 90 traffic safety programs, making it difficult to improve them or determining whether they work at all, a congressional watchdog found.
Transportation leaders believe President Biden’s $2-trillion infrastructure bill will finally get states to stop splurging federal dollars on freeway projects and emissions-enabling concrete superstructures that carve up cities.
“It’s disproportionately Black and brown neighborhoods that were divided by highway projects because they didn’t have the political capital to resist,” Buttigieg said on Sunday. "We have a chance to get that right.”
A White House council is expected on Wednesday to announce revisions to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act that would advise federal agencies to ignore the effects of climate change during reviews of new infrastructure projects.