Obama Spends $1.2 Billion on Cycling and Walking

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In initiatives designed to coax Americans out of their autos and into excercise mode, the Obama administration more than doubled spending on cycling and walking initiatives to $1.2 billion last year, reports the U.K.'s Telegraph.

Expenditures on biking and walking ventures jumped from less than $600 million in 2008. Twenty years ago, the federal government was spending only $6 million a year on such projects.

The administration of President George W Bush characterized biking paths and trails as projects that "really are not transportation."

However, President Barack Obama's Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, announced a policy that gives biking and walking projects the same importance as automobiles in transportation in the contest  for federal money.

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