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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

National Non-motorized News Update

On March 11, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood addressed the League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Summit by announcing his new Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations. The policy is viewable here:

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bikeped/policy_accom.htm

This is a big step for non-motorized transportation in the United States.

On his blog, Secretary LaHood wrote:

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.

It’s encouraging to see this change in mind-set about active transportation. Let’s hope the push continues!

1 comment:

  1. This is awesome and long over due!

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