Bicycle advocates fall into two main categories: facilities and education. LABs bike friendly communities program puts a good deal of emphasis on facilities to the dismay of the LCI corps of instructors who are as you would expect advocates of education.
But dollars can be spent on education and facilities are not always questionable. For example the Tom Hatfield trail Jim and I had a chance to ride with its gorgeous views of the Columbia River was actually quite busy with runners and cyclists when we used it on a Friday morning. I imagine it must get a great deal more use on a weekend.
Recently congress wanted to remove the funding (called Transportation Enhancement) that pays for such trails. Here’s the
LAB’s arguement against ending TE funding.–Corrie
Why “Eligibility” Isn’t Enough
The case for dedicated bicycle and pedestrian funding in the federal transportation bill