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National transport plan taking biking, walking seriously; Alaska leading with ideas

October 20, 2008

A campaign was launched today in Washington to get a bigger share of the federal transportation budget for what’s called “active” transportation: walking and bicycling. The Rails-to-Trails
Conservancy put out a report saying that modest increases in these activities would lead to an annual reduction of 70 billion miles of driving. The report lists a number of case studies and one of them involves the urbanized areas of Southcentral Alaska. It was largely written
by Lois Epstein of the Alaska Transportation Priorities Project.

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

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