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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Further Improvements in Senate Bill Passes

. . The Senate transportation bill has passed with bipartisan support and key provisions to fund biking and walking. A second manager’s amendment to the bill allows bicycles on federally owned roads and preserves the Recreational Trails program.
. . Previously, a Mandatory Side-path law in the bill banned bicycles on federally owned roads if with a speed limit over 30 mph and an adjacent paved path within 100 yards, ignoring bicyclists’ right to the road. The new manager’s amendment allows bicycles on federally roads if the road has a bicycle level of service (BLOS) rating of B or higher. 
. . The initial bill also eliminated the Recreational Trails funding for organized trail planning, development, and maintenance. DOTs now have the option to preserve the Recreational Trails program in their state. Funding would be equivalent to 2009 levels of Recreational Trails for that state.

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