A few weeks ago, I took a little tour of the Cobbs Creek Bikeway, also known as the Cobbs Creek Recreation Path. “Bikeway” and “Recreation Path” have slightly different connotations, a distinction to which I had not given much thought. The latter name embraces a broader range of uses, like jogging or dog walking, but it also implies that any cycling on the path is ‘mere’ recreation. This post on the Philadelphia Bicycle News blog suggests that it may be worth thinking more seriously about such nomenclature. In short, those who commute by bicycle probably consider expenditures on bike paths to be investments in our shared transportation infrastructure, but an interview with the Secretary of the US Department of Transportation Mary Peters reveals that the department sees such projects as wasteful and not contributing anything to its core mission. Read Peters’ interview with Gwen Ifill at the PBN blog for the full picture.