This article comes to us courtesy of a member of the Cleveland Touring Club. Executive summary:
In the wake of the August bridge collapse tragedy in Minnesota, chest-thumping politicians were on the hunt for scapegoats. One particularly dismaying example is Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters, a 2006 Bush political appointee. In an Aug. 15 appearance on PBS's "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," she pointed to money spent on bike paths and trails (as well as museums, lighthouses, and other historic preservation projects) as part of the reason there isn't enough money to maintain our highways and bridges. In actuality, accoring to the Federal Highway Administration's own report, in 2006, over $1 billion of unspent bridge maintenance funds was returned to the federal government by state departments of transportation.
The full article can be read here: http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/09/14/bike_paths/