USDOT Secretary's visions of a bicyclable, walkable America

Recently in discussions with congressman Emanuel Cleaver's staff, they recommended we take a careful look again at the transportation vision for America articulated by US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

So I did look at the video of LaHood's speech to the National bike Summit again, and here is my summary:

- He envisions an America where housing, land use, & transportation planners work closely with citizens to create walkable, sustainable neighborhoods

- Bicyclists should be integrated and recognized and can safely share roads, bridges, & trails

- Encourages livability, improve character of individual communities; encourages integrated solutions

- Particularly endorses use of economic stimulus (ARRA) funds to improve cities for bicycling

- USDOT is committed to investing in programs that encourage bikes to coexist with other modes and to safely share our roads and bridges

- In the Department of Transportation, bicyclists have a full partner in working toward livable communities

- The Federal Highway Administration is looking at best practices in Europe to improve safety and mobility for walkers and cyclists

- They are pleased with the progress of the non-motorized pilot projects like the one in Columbia, MO

- Bicycles are a critical part of a cleaner, greener future in American transportation

This is some strong stuff, coming from the very top administrator of America's transportation system.

The challenge we all have now is to actually implement the Secretary's vision.

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