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Colmbia, MO to get $25 million for bike trails, lanes


Columbia, MO – The city of Columbia, Mo. will soon become one of four test sites in the country for a program that aims to increase bicycle use.

The big highway bill that passed Congress last week includes $25 million to help Columbia build more bike paths, bike lanes, sidewalks, walking trails, and other pathways.

U.S. Senator Kit Bond says Columbia is a long-time leader in support alternate means of transportation. Bond chaired a key Senate subcommittee, which means he was a chief writer of the highway bill.

If President Bush signs it, Columbia will receive $5 million a year for the next five years to bolster its bike paths.

Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman views the expansion as a mass transit project -- one that would give people more choice in how they get around town.


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