HARRISBURG (AP) - A few words of criticism from an influential congressman was all it took for the Ridge administration to scale back its plan to allow bicyclists to use certain major highways.
The Ridge administration on Friday removed two roads in U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster's district after he attacked the proposal as a ``reckless'' action that could compromise safety.
Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Bradley L. Mallory said he modified the plan because Shuster, who leads the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is ``one of the premiere advocates'' for highway safety.
``His opinion on these matters is of great value to me,'' Mallory said.
Mallory's comments came after Shuster released a terse statement saying he was ``seriously considering'' asking for Mallory's resignation.
A spokesman for Shuster said scaling back the plan to delete the highways in Shuster's district - a section of Interstate 99 in Bedford and Blair counties, and portions of U.S. routes 11/15 and 22/322 in Perry and Juniata counties - was not enough to satisfy his boss.