from BTA newsletter (http://www.bta4bikes.org)::
actually from April 12, 2002...
Message 8: BELIEVE IT OR NOT - U.S. SENATE ADOPTS PRO-BIKE AMENDMENT
It was only a matter of time until our leaders got the message
In the midst of a debate on the energy bill, the US Senate adopted an amendment promoting bicycling as a way to conserve energy. The amendment, introduced by Illinois Senator Richard Durbin and Maine Senator Susan Collins, established a new "Conserve By Bicycling" program within the US Department of Transportation.
The new project will oversee pilot programs across the country
designed to promote and document bicycling as a clean and responsible alternative to regional automotive travel. The program still needs approval by the US House and President Bush before it can be implemented.
For details go to http://www.bikeleague.org/mediacenter/medprs041202.htm