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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