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Editorial: GOP budget goes down same old road on transportation spending

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 6th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

A (small) part of traffic-1

(Photo © J. Maus)

It’s got to be pretty disappointing to transportation advocates that after years and years of beating the drum about the truth behind infrastructure spending and extolling the virtues of bicycling, the Republican party is still proposing the same old, cars-only approach.

The GOP’s budget (released yesterday) is titled the “Path to Prosperity,” but strangely it proposes taking the same path that has led to nothing but financial ruin when it comes to transportation spending. [Read more…]

Bike-friendly Dems would lose powerful positions in Republican controlled House

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 2nd, 2010 at 1:44 pm


Jim Oberstar (L) and Peter DeFazio,
(shown here at Cycle Oregon 2007)
would both lose key leadership
positions if the Republicans
take over the House.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A big issue at stake with tonight’s elections is how a Republican-controlled House of Representatives — a result many feel is foregone conclusion — would impact bicycling and active transportation programs, funding, and policies.

With that transfer of power, Republicans would also assume leadership of the all-important House Committees that set the rules of the game for everything from tax policy (Bike Commuter Benefit for instance) to infrastructure spending priorities.

At the center of what’s at stake for bicycling and active transportation are three men: John Boehner, Jim Oberstar, and Peter DeFazio.[Read more…]

Bike League, Americans, respond to Boehner’s “trash talk”

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 13th, 2009 at 10:04 am

“American’s have repeatedly said that they value more livable communities, transit, bicycling and walking improvements ahead of new highway capacity.”
–The League of American Bicyclists

The League of American Bicyclists has published a lengthy response to comments made on Sunday by Ohio congressional representative and House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner.

Boehner’s comments have also sparked a lot of response by bike-riding Americans.

On a Sunday morning talk show, Boehner criticized spending on “bike paths” in Obama’s economic stimulus bill as something “Americans are not going to look very kindly on”. He also referred to “widening highways” as being beneficial “for American families”. (Watch the video and read analysis and reader comments here.)
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Rep. John Boehner: Widen highways for “American families” (updated)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

[Via Paul Dorn’s Bike Commute Tips Blog]

Rep. John Boehner thinks
Americans don’t want
spending on bike paths.
-Watch video below-

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) weighed in on Obama’s big economic stimulus bill during an interview on the CBS News show “Face the Nation” (his comments were also picked up by

Saying that the stimulus must happen quickly and in a “responsible way” he shared his thoughts on the infrastructure component of the bill (emphasis mine):

“I think there’s a place for infrastructure, but what kind of infrastructure? Infrastructure to widen highways, to ease congestion for American families? Is it to build some buildings that are necessary?…But if we’re talking about beautification projects, or we’re talking about bike paths, Americans are not going to look very kindly on this.”

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Newly-elected House GOP leader once ridiculed bike commute tax break

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 19th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) has been re-elected as the House GOP leader.

This is the same John Boehner who ridiculed Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bike commuter tax when it was included as part of an Energy Bill back in December of 2007.

After suggesting that Blumenauer recuse himself from voting on the bill (because he rides to work), Boehner said, “This is not going to solve America’s energy problem.”

Here’s the audio (recorded from statements he made on the House floor on 12/05/07):

Bikes, politics, and Blumenauer as Transportation Secretary?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 23rd, 2008 at 11:37 am

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An animated Earl Blumenauer
speaking at the Oregon Bike
Summit a few months ago.
(All photos © J. Maus)

As the nation’s political winds shift from right to left, the future of the transportation issue in America begins to look very different.

Remember last summer, when U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters referred to “bike paths” as not being transportation infrastructure? After a stern rebuke by bike advocates, she eventually tried to apologize, but her comments were a window into how some folks on Capitol Hill still regard non-motorized transportation.

And then there was House Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), who, in a debate over the Energy Bill last August referred to bicycles as “a 19th century solution to a 21st century problem.” (Watch a YouTube clip of his speech here).[Read more…]

Bike commuter benefit does not survive Senate vote on Energy Bill

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 14th, 2007 at 3:35 pm

National Bike Summit 07

Congressman Earl Blumenauer introducing the
Bike Commuter Act on Capitol Hill last March.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

The bike commuter tax benefit — which was introduced to Congress by Earl Blumenauer last March and passed a House vote last week — has been stripped out of the Energy Bill by the Senate.

The U.S. Senate passed the Energy Bill yesterday, but not before removing several “green initiatives” included in the bill by the Blumenauer-led Ways and Means Committee.[Read more…]