Mitt Romney: "Removing automobile lanes to put in bike lanes is, in my opinion, the height of stupidity”

Republican senator blasts tax credits for e-bikes stating that those who can't afford cars should take mass transit

Mitt Romney blasts E-BIKE Act
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Be it for financial, health or environmental reasons, getting Americans to replace car trips with bike trips and other modes of active or public transportation remains an uphill battle. America is the land of the automobile, and the lawmakers continue to balk at any investments or incentives to bring about change.

In the week ahead of the National Bike Summit, two bills were introduced in Congress, pushing for safer bike infrastructure and more affordable e-bikes.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.