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By Ellen Perlman
An interstate bicycle system! That's what the plan is and I'm all for it. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, along with Adventure Cycling Association and others, have laid the foundation for a nationwide bicycle network, via a plan that was four years in the making. It could weave together 50,000 miles of bicycle-friendly roads and paths.
Now all we need is for states to create the routes and put up signs. Who's game?
Unlike Eisenhower's huge interstate highway plan, or the Obama administration's possible road-building ideas, the bicycle network requires no major digging or paving. It's all about linking together trails, byways, secondary roads and bike trails.
Here's an important point for struggling states that want to encourage tourism and green travel: If the U.S. could complete this bicycle network it would outdistance anything similar in other countries.That would make it a major attraction.
"It's a great opportunity for the U.S. to establish what could be the
largest bicycle route network in the world, said Jim Sayer, executive
director of Adventure Cycling, in an AP story on msnbc.com that has details about what other countries are doing.
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