But that began to change in the 1950s and 60s, when car use rapidly accelerated, fueled by the building of the high-speed Interstate highway system, heavily subsidized through federal funding. Ultimately crisscrossing over 40,000 miles, the new freeways chiseled through cities and towns, sometimes splitting neighborhoods in two, and created new pathways for development and sprawl far away from urban centers.
Bicycling and walking increasingly took a back seat to driving or riding in cars. By 1990, the Federal Highway Administration called bicycling and walking "the forgotten modes" of transportation.
Who Should Read this Briefing?
This briefing is intended for anyone who is looking for one of the most convincing arguments to persuade people to cycle, to promote cycling or provide for cyclists. It should be equally useful for individuals and organisations concerned about physical inactivity and who need to know more about the health benefits of taking up cycling.
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PJ will embark on the journey Sunday, Sept. 17th at 9:30am towards Fredericksburg via Mount Vernon. I invite you to join me on the beautiful ride to Mount Vernon! Meet at the Mount Rainier bike coop (behind city hall and library in alley) Sunday, Sept. 17th at 9:30am.
Follow PJ on his journey at <a href="http://www.biketobrazil.blogspot.com">www.biketobrazil.blogspot.com</a>.
Development in Maryland is out of control, and it is paving over our open spaces, polluting the Chesapeake Bay, and hurting our quality of life. That's why Environment Maryland is working to pass policies that will help Maryland grow in a smarter, more sustainable way.
To prove that uncontrolled growth is a problem, we need to document cases of sprawling development from all across the state. Do you live, work, or play near a development that is going up and paving over a farm or forest? Is your local creek polluted by runoff from a construction site or new development? Write and tell us your story, and send us a picture if you have one.
Email Ronald Guns, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, and tell him that state waters should only be used for emergencies and that any policy to allow the sale of state waters must allow public input in the process.
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