I am glad to see someone in Washington who actually believes the bicycle is competative with the automobile. (I already know it is!)
I read a "recommendation" written by an independent advisory group which outlined the feasability of various solutions to urban traffic problems. The purpose of the study was to help transportation planners spend their money most wisely, to get the "most bang for the buck" in solving overcrowding on our roads.
Bottom line of report: cars are king, and will continue to be. However, the study recommended allocating some token money
for the construction of "bicycle facilities" because of the positive effect their construction seems to have in public relations. Yet, the study flatly declared bicycling to be of no real value in reducing traffic congestion.
I have personally found bicycling to be of tremendous value in reducing traffic congestion. That is, I never seem to find myself cussing the traffic jams. If I want to take a quieter route, I know all the back streets through every neighborhood.
Stress is a word I find alien to me in my commute.