15 March 2010

The end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized

This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.

Read that again...

This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.

Who said THAT?

None other than United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood in this blogpost.

Here he is addressing the National Bike Summit.

Talking the talk but goodness me the talk is appealing and rather visionary.

- 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 non-motorized facilities during maintenance projects.

What an attractive list.

Thanks to Jeff from League of American Bicyclists for the link.

A sea change for bicycle policy in America indeed.


Anonymous said...

I was initially very suspicious of Lahood as SoT given his Republican heritage, but I have to give him credit for being a force in the country for both transit and cycling. Obama made the right call on this pick IMO.

Anonymous said...

He's been saying this sort of stuff all along; it's really nice to get it in writing. A good start, for sure. Never thought I'd see it. Val

Anonymous said...

The USA is a divided country. Design objectives at the federal level are often stymied-delayed-diluted at the state level. We need laws with teeth and Complete Street legislation at the federal level that requires all states to cooperate if they want to continue to receive federal funds for highways, schools, health care, etc.

Will said...

Its great that he is enthusiastic about cycling, but color me pretty unimpressed. Aside from talking about grant money for bike paths, the only real change he mentioned was placing low income housing near walking and biking paths. My beef isn't that he's going to make bike paths "urban" or "hood" or something, but that its going to be relegated as an alternative over metro transit systems (aka buses) for low income people.

Progress is progress, I suppose, I would just like to see the appeal of practical cycling for transit made to the everyman who doesn't realize how viable it is.

Drunk Engineer said...

There are a LOT of shovel-ready bike projects in the US. The $750 billion stimulus program could have funded them, but went mainly instead to highway pork.

There is still 1.5 years left to go in the current term, and the FTA does have some good staffers now, so we will see what happens....but thus far the Obama administration is just all talk.