Having previously mentioned Senator Tom Harkin’s ‘Complete Streets’ legislation (proposed March 3), I would be remiss in not mentioning House Resolution 305, proposed by US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) on February 28. Representative James Oberstar (DFL-Minnesota) also seems to be involved.
There are many fine ‘whereas’ statements in the proposed bill, all of which lead up to recognition that “increased and safe bicycle use for transportation and recreation is in the national interest.” Improved funding for bicycle initiatives are mentioned, as well as incentives for cycling programs throughout the country. Note that no actual funding is covered in this resolution, however, which makes this a glorious statement of support that provides no financial teeth.
Nevertheless, the sentiments expressed by this resolution are quite delightful. I’m just not holding my breath on them having much meaning if this resolution passes until such time as budgetary earmarks are put in play to back them.