In the case of my city’s bike path city hall was pandering to the lunatics at some federal agency who want to appear be pandering to bicyclists. There are numerous pedestrian pathways that were blocked years ago to eliminate them being used as lover’s lanes which if opened would allow bicycles to travel from outlying neighborhoods into town on less traveled shady streets and actually result in bicycles being worthwhile to use when the weather permitted. But the result of the $11.5 project was the loss of 1 lane of Main St to traffic for bikes that never are present.
But this small town has developed a team of project planners whose primary goal is to get federal and state funding with little concern for need. We have a 6,500 foot runway at the airport that will support 747s thanks to multi $millions of federal aid and there were no commercial flights there until the federal government funded $3million annually to subsidize a 9 passenger plane to land here twice each day. Each passenger pays about $50 to fly 200 miles to Nashville and the federal subsidy averages out to over $300 per passenger. That airport even has an air traffic controller who is paid with some federal subsidy.
Good Ole Boy politics here in the south is an art form.40% of my state’s budget is paid by the federal government.