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                                 S. 547

          To encourage energy conservation through bicycling.



                             March 6, 2003

Mr. Durbin (for himself and Ms. Collins) introduced the following bill; 
    which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, 
                      Science, and Transportation


                                 A BILL

          To encourage energy conservation through bicycling.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    (a) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) Program.--The term ``program'' means the Conserve by 
        Bicycling Program established by subsection (b).
            (2) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of Transportation.
    (b) Establishment.--There is established within the Department of 
Transportation a program to be known as the ``Conserve by Bicycling 
    (c) Projects.--
            (1) In general.--In carrying out the program, the Secretary 
        shall establish not more than 10 pilot projects that are--
                    (A) dispersed geographically throughout the United 
                States; and
                    (B) designed to conserve energy resources by 
                encouraging the use of bicycles in place of motor 
            (2) Requirements.--A pilot project described in paragraph 
        (1) shall--
                    (A) use education and marketing to convert motor 
                vehicle trips to bicycle trips;
                    (B) document project results and energy savings (in 
                estimated units of energy conserved);
                    (C) facilitate partnerships among interested 
                parties in at least 2 of the fields of--
                            (i) transportation;
                            (ii) law enforcement;
                            (iii) education;
                            (iv) public health;
                            (v) environment; and
                            (vi) energy;
                    (D) maximize bicycle facility investments;
                    (E) demonstrate methods that may be used in other 
                regions of the United States; and
                    (F) facilitate the continuation of ongoing programs 
                that are sustained by local resources.
            (3) Cost sharing.--At least 20 percent of the cost of each 
        pilot project described in paragraph (1) shall be provided from 
        State or local sources.
    (d) Energy and Bicycling Research Study.--
            (1) In general.--Not later than 2 years after the date of 
        enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall enter into a 
        contract with the National Academy of Sciences for, and the 
        National Academy of Sciences shall conduct and submit to 
        Congress a report on, a study on the feasibility of converting 
        motor vehicle trips to bicycle trips.
            (2) Components.--The study shall--
                    (A) document the results or progress of the pilot 
                projects under subsection (b);
                    (B) determine the type and duration of motor 
                vehicle trips that people in the United States may 
                feasibly make by bicycle, taking into consideration 
                factors such as--
                            (i) weather;
                            (ii) land use and traffic patterns;
                            (iii) the carrying capacity of bicycles; 
                            (iv) bicycle infrastructure;
                    (C) determine any energy savings that would result 
                from the conversion of motor vehicle trips to bicycle 
                    (D) include a cost-benefit analysis of bicycle 
                infrastructure investments; and
                    (E) include a description of any factors that would 
                encourage more motor vehicle trips to be replaced with 
                bicycle trips.
    (f) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be 
appropriated to carry out this section $6,200,000, to remain available 
until expended, of which--
            (1) $5,150,000 shall be used to carry out pilot projects 
        described in subsection (c);
            (2) $300,000 shall be used by the Secretary to coordinate, 
        publicize, and disseminate the results of the program; and
            (3) $750,000 shall be used to carry out subsection (e).

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