Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Streetsblog

Given a Choice, NJ and PA Sacrifice Bike-Ped Funding

10:51 AM EDT on October 4, 2010

Last week, Tanya reported that many states have disproportionately raided their bicycle and pedestrian funds to pay for $2.2 billion rescinded by the feds.

Today the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia brings us an example of two guilty states. New Jersey and Pennsylvania hewed to the tendency among state DOTs to target Transportation Enhancements funds, which support active transportation investments, for cuts. Here's how John Boyle at the Bicycle Coalition puts it in perspective:

New Jersey and Pennsylvania dutifully gave back nearly $7 million each, think of the inequity here. $7 million dollars is just 0.35% of the estimated cost for the 7 mile I-95 Revive Project but is enough money to pave 7 miles of trails or sidewalks.

TE is often seen by state DOT's as insignificant and an easy target for givebacks. Although TE receives 1 to 2 percent of all transportation funds annually, it bore the brunt of more than 25 percent of rescissions.

Boyle also points to a happy counterexample in the state of Delaware, which returned only 0.4 percent of its TE funding. The Bicycle Coalition is encouraging readers to send a letter to their governor protesting states' low prioritization of pedestrians and cyclists. To see if your governor should be hearing from you, check out this guide from the Rails to Trails Conservancy.

Elsewhere on the Network today: Let's Go KC reports that Kansas City's long-heralded low congestion rate evaporates under the alternative formula presented in the report issued last week by CEOs for Cities. Matthew Yglesias wonders why taxing land instead of property hasn't gained more traction in the U.S. as a way to promote infill development and discourage sprawl. And the Bicycle Transportation Examiner provides the names of the 60 co-sponsors of the Complete Streets Act. Is your Congressional representative on the list?

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

School Bus Driver Hits Cyclist, Injures 3, On Major Brooklyn School Bike Route

The crash happened on the route of the weekly Bergen bike bus.

September 21, 2023

City of Yes Yes Yes! Adams Calls for Elimination of Parking Mandates on ALL New Housing

Mayor Adams today announced the historic end to one of the city’s most antiquated — and despised — zoning laws requiring the construction of parking with every new development.

September 21, 2023

Cruise Ships Saddle Red Hook with Traffic ‘Nightmare,’ Toxic Fumes

Red Hook is drowning in traffic and smog from cruise ships Mayor Adams has touted as a "boost" to the economy.

September 21, 2023

Thursday Headlines: UN Hypocrisy Week Edition

The Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden preach climate action, yet still oppose better bus service. Plus other news.

September 21, 2023

Online Retailers Selling Illegal Batteries and Mopeds to City Buyers

Call it Amazon crime: The mammoth online retailer is selling illegal batteries and mopeds to city residents, despite such devices being forbidden from city streets.

September 21, 2023
See all posts