I was dismayed to see on Digg today an article entitled US Transportation Secretary Doesn’t Consider Bikes a Form of Transportation. Surely this isn’t quite true, I thought. Well, upon further investigation, it seems I was almost hopefully right. Turns out she merely doesn’t think the surfaces used by bikes are remotely related to transportation…somehow I’m not feeling much better. In the context of the article, and for anyone who’s been living in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) area recently, with portions of highways 36, 694, 35E, 94, and 35W out of commission this year, you’d think that the government would be doing everything they can to recognize and encourage the use of bicycles as an alternative to cars. It would seem that at least Mary Peters has yet to figure this out - sad for any official, a truly mind-boggling incompetency for a Secretary of Transportation. I guess all that can be said here is, “that explains a lot”.