Thanks to my fellow blogger at Discovering Urbanism for reporting that incentives for bicycle commuting were embedded in the House bailout bill: "Adventures of the Bike Commuter Act." The federal government, of course, and other state and local entities provide subsidies for all sorts of transportation modes, predominantly the automobile (via roads and parking), but apparently the noble bike commute was never even sneezed at until this week.

Wouldn't it be a delicious irony if, decades from now, when many more of us are biking to work because of the complete unsustainability of auto dependence, that the House bailout bill goes down in history not as the legislation that saved our economy but rather the one that put us on the path to saving our environment?
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