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Trump's Budget Is Bad for Bikes, Too

You thought getting your ride stolen was bad. Proposed cuts to key agencies and programs clip the lock on future bike trails.
Sunset for active transit funding?
Sunset for active transit funding?Kiichiro Sato/AP Photo

This probably won’t come as a surprise, given the tenor of the rest of CityLab’s recent coverage of the topic, but President Trump’s fuzzy budget proposal does the cycling community approximately zero favors. In honor of our gala Bike Week festivities, let us count the ways.

Since 2009, Congress has doled out nearly $5 billion for the USDOT’s highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, which funds road, port, mass transportation, and bike/ped projects designed to generate economic and environmental benefits for communities that haven’t always had them. As of last December, TIGER dished more than $310 million to 24 projects focused on cycling and walking infrastructure, and dozens of transit improvements that include bike-ped links.