As cities struggle to undo the damage from decades of autocentric, sprawl-inducing policies, they often come up against state and federal transportation officials that insist on supporting a status quo that leads to more traffic congestion, more pollution, and less affordable options for everyone. On Capitol Hill, we come across many lawmakers who really get that transit and active transportation are an integral part of any discussion on climate change, mobility, housing, and equity. And then again – there are those who say the word “bicycle” like it’s the bogeyman.
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