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Ray LaHood: “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”
When the Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood stood on a table at the National Bike Summit to thank the crowd and show his support for bicycling and walking, he was just getting started.
Today, he announced his new Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations. It is simply the strongest statement of support for prioritizing bicycling and walking ever to come from a sitting secretary of transportation.
On his blog, he writes:
Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.
We are integrating the needs of bicyclists in federally-funded road projects. We are discouraging transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians. And we are encouraging investments that go beyond the minimum requirements and provide facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
To set this approach in motion, we have formulated key recommendations for state DOTs and communities:
* Treat walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes.
* Ensure convenient access for people of all ages and abilities.
* Go beyond minimum design standards.
* Collect data on walking and biking trips.
* Set a mode share target for walking and bicycling.
* Protect sidewalks and shared-use paths the same way roadways are protected (for example, snow removal)
* Improve nonmotorized facilities during maintenance projects.
Feministing hipped me to this amazing video from Utrecht, a city of about 300,000 in the Netherlands, where one-third of all trips are made by bicycle. The video shows a busy—but never too gummed-up!—intersection during rush hour. Utne’s hometown of Minneapolis is a great city for cycling.
Every day, rain, snow, or shine!
If it's icy I'll get up early and walk.
I'm too scared of being hit by a car.
I don't have a bike, tho i wish i did. I'm close enough to ride or walk. but the traffic on my way scares the XCr!p out of me. Also, my spandex is in the cleaners....
Why no "I don't have a job" option?
How is a woman with children to tote to daycare suppose to ride her bike to work? I can imagine a woman in heels and a dress or suit riding a bike to work and expected to look professional. With the length of miles and time to commute to work a bike is not practical. So this hipe of getting people to bike to work is a joke. Until corporations and businesses incorporate flex time, people work closer to their homes (especially in the MD Suburb area and the likes) Cars are going to be the main mode of transporation - fact of life now. Maybe just maybe 1% of the population will have the luxury to save the planet by riding their bikes to work.
And don't forget to "ring your bell" for hemp when you see the guys with the signs.
No, but I backed over it with my SUV when I left this morning. Good thing I wasn't on it . . .
In this town, are you kidding. That could get you killed and the guy who hit you can run away and still only get 6 months!
Yes. No fool like an old fool, I said to the wife. She wanted to know whether in addition to biking to work I also was planning to bike home...
If they would do something with 15th street all the way out to East Hills Business park I would likely bike to work. But with the condition of the road, and the way people drive out there, I am still too scared to take a chance riding that stretch of road to work.
Yeah, like commuters never die in their cars (actually in greater numbers) you hick, lazy @ss, probably drives to the corner store...oh, forget it.
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