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NC Senate cuts bike, pedestrian greenway funding

greenway [1]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 [2].  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 [3].  Greenways have a positive effect on real estate prices and home sales [4], in addition to being nice places to keep healthy.  This is yet another budget cut that seems more ideological than anything else.