One of the most rewarding moments of the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic is crossing the finish line. You've made it, all 200+ miles on your own two wheels, and there's a huge crowd waiting to cheer you on for your accomplishment! The Finish Line Festival in Holladay Park is also an attraction in its own right, featuring music, food and beverage service, exhibitor and sponsor booths, a massage tent, showers and first aid. We'll also have a New Belgium Beer Garden and ton of giveaways. Even if you're not riding the STP, if you're in Portland for the weekend it's worth checking out. This year, we'll have sampling from:
The federal government is a big funder of critical transportation infrastructure—including infrastructure and safety improvements for bikes. That’s why we’ve been active at the federal level on the next federal transportation bill. But what the Feds giveth they often take away. State Transportation Departments from across the land occasionally have to send back unspent funds—“rescinding” the funds—to help the USDOT clear the books. Here’s the rub. The Feds decide how much money each state returns, but the states decide where the money comes from. Some states give back proportionately so that, say, unspent highway funds come back at the same level as ped or bike safety funding. But many states don’t play this way—including Washington state ( supposedly the #1 state for bicycling ). Instead, a rather disproportionate amount of money comes from things like Transportation Enhancements (TE), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) and Recreational Trails funds—which happen to be the largest buckets for bike and ped projects. In 2010, over $900 million of $2.2 billion was returned from these sources. This is not a slow leak, but a nasty snake bite. Insta-flat.