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More Lanes in Milwaukee, Hope for Bikes in Suburban Kansas

11:48 AM EST on December 23, 2008

128268048_8f8fee1783.jpgMore lanes not needed in Milwaukee. Photo by compujeramey via Flickr.

On the Streetsblog Network today: James Rowen, over at The Political Environment, writes about the Wisconsin DOT's plans to add more highway lanes in counties that violate federal air pollution standards. He is not happy:

Why should WisDOT be expanding the highways in known air qualitynon-attainment counties, and accelerating its plans after theGovernor's Task Force on Global Warming set out a remedial agenda forthe state to implement?

Implement. Not undermine.

Sothe feds are telling the state that Milwaukee, Racine and WaukeshaCounties are in violation of air quality standards, but the statecontinues to spend billions in federal highway funds to widen the roadsthere.

On a recommendation by SEWRPC, which receives 100% of its funding from taxpayers.

That's not government of, by and for the people. It's government against the people.

Elsewhere on the network, KCBike.Info is drumming up support for a bicycle infrastructure plan in Olathe, KS, where the city council is considering "a combination of on-street bike routes and off-street trails. It is a
very progressive plan for providing transportation options in a
suburban community." And Santa Rosa CityBus is looking back at improvements made to that city's bus system in its 50th anniversary year. 

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