LaHood Promotes Biking and Walking as Equal to Driving
March 16, 2010
On the heels of the of the 10th annual National Bike Summit that was held last week in Washington, D.C., US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood responded with a new direction about planning for transportation modes. On his blog, LaHood announced recommended policy revisions that would place biking and walking on equal footing with motorized travel when designing transportation networks nationwide. In addition to a list of key recommendations for state DOTs, he offered words of encouragement to non-motorized travel users.
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.
To read the complete policy recommendations, LaHood and the Federal Highway Administration posted the US DOT’s Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations online. Along with a list of recommended actions and resources, the policy statement includes a synopsis of goals.
The DOT policy is to incorporate safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects. Every transportation agency, including DOT, has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling and to integrate walking and bicycling into their transportation systems. Because of the numerous individual and community benefits that walking and bicycling provide — including health, safety, environmental, transportation, and quality of life — transportation agencies are encouraged to go beyond minimum standards to provide safe and convenient facilities for these modes.