I know, right?
So a while back, I was involved in lobbying efforts at the Congressional level, as part of Bike Week in DC. I headed down with the ME contingent and one of our goals was to get Complete Streets enacted at the national level within a pending transportation budget, either by mandate or federal funding.
At the time, our (D) Representatives were both on board with it. Our (R) Senators... Olympia Snowe showed some support, especially after it was pointed out how much money cycling tourism brings to the state and the average amount of cash spent in the state by cycling tourists vs. other categories of tourists. Susan Collins, on the other hand, was willing to entertain it, but only if the head of Maine DOT was on board with it.
Then The Beast LePage was elected, he appointed a very bike/ped unfriendly head of the DOT, and US Congress turned (R). So there was very little or no Complete Streets funding in the transportation budget that eventually passed, let along a mandate, and rather than making streets saver for cyclists and pedestrians, LePage cut DOT funding.
Hey, at least his attempt to levy a special tax on bicycles was shot down...
I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.