Today’s Headlines

  • Road lobbyists accuse Obama of neglecting highways by promoting walkable development (Fleet Owner)
  • Blumenauer offers legislation authorizing $2 billion in competitive grants for local bike projects (Blumenauer Press)
  • A draft of the new Kerry-Lieberman-Graham climate proposal is expected this week, with revenue from their planned fuel tax going towards "transportation projects" (Greenwire)
  • The Bunning filibuster: symptomatic of a "political crisis" for transportation (Ctr for Public Integ)
  • Ed Glaeser maps a positive correlation between federal stimulus investment and lack of local population density, attributing the relationship to highway spending (NYT Blogs)
  • In Virginia, GOP lawmakers successfully push to index the state gas tax to adjust to changing auto fuel efficiency (Times-Dispatch)
  • Topeka renames itself "Google, Kansas" in a bid to win coveted broadband deal (Cap-Journal)
  • Tampa mayor leads officials in a local push linking new transit with economic growth (Tampa Biz Jrnl)
  • Milwaukee high-speed rail plant expected to create hundreds of new jobs (WTAQ)


Rep. Earl Blumenauer: Announcing the Livable Communities Task Force

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) (Photo: With much excitement, today we are launching the Livable Communities Task Force — an official initiative of the House Democratic Caucus that will work to improve community livability and Americans’ quality of life. This means reducing the nation’s dependence on oil, protecting the environment, improving public health and investing […]

$2 Billion for Bicycling in Stimulus Package?

Earl Blumenauer. Photo: New York Times The most tantalizing tidbit in today’s Times profile of Earl Blumenauer comes from fellow cycling Congressman James Oberstar: With an eye on the potential stimulus package, cycling advocates "have compiled a list of $2 billion of projects that can be under construction in 90 days," Mr. Oberstar said, adding […]

Obama: I’ll Boost Funds for Bike-Ped Projects If Elected

Barack Obama riding with his family last week. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama addressed bicycle advocates and industry leaders at a Chicago fundraiser on Thursday, lending more weight to the pro-bike comments he delivered in Portland, Oregon last month. Industry mag Bicycle Retailer has the scoop: Barack Obama, in a private 20-minute meeting with […]