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Does Your Congressman Trash Trails?

League of American Bicyclists keeps track of politicians, other notables who "trash-talk" biking and hiking trails

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If you knew your representative or senator to the U.S. government had been trashing your favorite pastime, would you take it lying down? Hell, no: You’d write them a letter, threatening to take away your future vote if they didn’t support hiking and biking trails.

Lucky for you, the super-group-named League of American Bicyclists keeps a running list of all the politicians, media figures, and other big hoo-dy-hoos who say something negative or threaten America’s hiking and biking trails. They also conveniently publish contact information so you can set ’em straight, and talking points, in case you get so frothing-mad you can’t form sentences anymore.

Recent offenders include Sens. John Ensign of Nevada and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who both dissed trails over their inclusion in Obama’s stimulus package.

Ensign said: “I cycle. I like bike paths. I love to see them out there…This is not the time to build these kinds of things. If we are going to invest in infrastructure, invest in infrastructure that actually makes the economy more efficient, such as roads that are needed.”

DeMint said: “When people see bike trails and hiking trails and golf courses, they know this is not designed to stimulate the economy and create jobs.”

Alright, hiking and biking Nevadans and South Carolinians: Do you agree with your congressperson? If not, you know what to do.

—Ted Alvarez

Who’s Trash-Talking Bikes? (League of American Cyclists)

Via The Goat