A Georgetown SmartBike station is one of “the worst pork-barrel projects of the 111th Congress”


That headline is a little misleading—due to a quarrel between Clear Channel, the administrators of the SmartBike bike-sharing program, and the City, it’s unlikely that Georgetown will get a SmartBike station any time soon.

Nonetheless, two House Republicans,  Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), are saying that the very idea of providing Georgetown residents with free bicycles was one of the “11 worst pork-barrel projects of the 111th Congress,” according to Fox News.

Kirk and Price don’t have all their facts straight—they allege that the stimulus provided Georgetown with $3 million in funding for bicycle racks, when in fact Georgetown was merely named as one of 40 new SmartBike locations in a $3 million dollar expansion of the program (and the bike racks came with actual bikes)—but something tells me we would have made their worst-of list either way.

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) railed against bikes for wealthy Georgetown residents back in March, too, at which time the League of American Bicyclists made an argument for considering bike funding as a “stimulus project.”

What else made this list? “$550,000 for a skateboard park in Pawtucket, R.I.,” “$3.8 million for an urban art trail in Rochester, N.Y.,” and “$500,000 for fish food in Missouri, to help defray the costs for state fish farmers.”

Photo from Flickr user M “Annie” Gaddis.

4 Comments on “A Georgetown SmartBike station is one of “the worst pork-barrel projects of the 111th Congress”

  1. Not a waste of money: pointless wars.

    Also leave it to Fox News to just reprint GOP talking points verbatim without any sort of additional reporting, opposing viewpoints or even basic fact-checking.

  2. “don’t have all their facts straight”???

    Calling “480 bikes stationed at 40 different locations throughout the city (including a single one in Georgetown) as part of a program that has already shown proof-of-concept” “bike racks for Georgetown” isn’t missing facts it’s being completely dishonest or grossly misinformed.

  3. Are you kidding? This would be the greatest thing for Georgetown, especially students. Great for when GUTS buses are not running (very common)

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