NC Senate cuts bike, pedestrian greenway funding
I don’t know if I can take more of these buried anti-health gems in the NC Senate’s budget, but here’s another from my friends at the NC Alliance for Health. The Senate eliminates $1.2 million in the NC Department of Transportation budget for greenway trails, already an underfunded program. Even this $1.2 million in state money allows NC to get $4.5 million in matching funds to build more bike and pedestrian trails all over the state. Just for comparison $1.2 million is less than what it costs to build one mile of highway in NC. Greenways have a positive effect on real estate prices and home sales, in addition to being nice places to keep healthy. This is yet another budget cut that seems more ideological than anything else.