Great news out today from Secretary of Transporation Ray LaHood. The administration is making a shift in how it views bicycle and pedestrian investments.  This from the Secretary’s own Fastlane Blog:

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.

Now, this is a start, but it’s an important start. These initial steps forward will help us move forward even further.

Awesome. This is exactly the sort of smart transportation planning we have been advocating for. Transit Miami applauds the change and looks forward to seeing it implemented. If the recent success of the TIGER stimulus grants are any indication of the federal commitment to complete streets, this latest proclamation is yet another step in the right direction.

3 Responses to Secretary LaHood Announces Major Policy Shift

  1. Eddie Suarez says:

    Is this for real? or a cruel early April Fools Joke?

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  2. Thanks for the heads-up on this, Tony. There is vision, and then there’s the action that makes it reality. Both seem on the upswing.

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  3. Tony Garcia says:

    Eddie - This is for real!!

    Thanks Mark. I agree - it seems as if things are moving in the right direction. Lets hope that this is only a begging and that changes to transit planning/funding will change as well.

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