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It's a good site that I refer to know and then when I'm planning my routes. I link to it from my company's intranet site, which has encouraged a few reluctant bikers to take the plunge.
Glad to see it, plan to use it.
The user input is a great feature. It's helpful to review a route and see notes that reveal everything from rough pavement zones & scenic areas, to "goon alley" stretches where dangerous motor traffic may influence route choices.
The National Science Foundation, grants IIS 05-34692 and IIS 06-26930.
NO SUR-PRISE THERE!
Great use of tax payers money. Now get revenue from the bicyclists and have them license their bikes every year like I do for my cars and motorcycle. Want to ride, got to pay, nothing is free.
It seems like a good idea.
But why is it being funded with tax payer money? This doesnt seem like the type of thing we as tax payers should be funding.
Is there nothing the government won't spend money on? I just looked at the national drought report; it involves 3 Government departments (USDA, NOAA, and Commerce) and another special Drought Mitigation bureaucracy, all so grain exchange and meat commodities traders have accurate information to speculate with. Why? Let them do it with their own money and leave the taxpayer alone. There are literally billions of these government services that need to be slashed or cut off, and this little $130,000 grant is on that list. Maybe the government could help fund sites for routes for hikers, or hunters, or trolling routes for fishers, or shopping routines for teenage promgoers, or Gentlemans clubs for bachelor parties, or whatever. Aren't all those special interests just as needy of accurate info as bikers or commodities traders? Bill G.
Now come the bicycle haters. I wonder if they also object to taxpayer funded research on automobile related matters? Lots of money spent on highway safety improvements and schemes for drivers to avoid traffic jams.
norbert- yes I do object to "studies", they are nothing but kickbacks to the education mafia. We don't need no stinking studies, just build more lanes where it is congested. We have been funneling graft to "studiers" for 50 years and the big result is "we need more studies". BS, MS, and PHD. Bill G.
"Thanks to $130,000 in state and federal grants,...." ---- There is it. I was wondering where in the story it would mention tax dollars. Is it a good site for those that use it, yes, but why are tax dollars going to fund a website for people to plan bike routes?
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