Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Regional climate change report recommends more bike facilities

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments just released the National Capital Region Climate Report (pdf) for comments. The report contains recommendations to help reduce greenhouse gases in the region. One of the primary recommendations is to improve bicycle conditions:

"Goal 5. The Washington metropolitan region will plan and develop a transportation system that enhances and protects the region's natural environmental quality, cultural and historic resources, and communities. Strategy: 7. Implement a regional bicycle/trail/pedestrian plan and include bicycle and pedestrian facilities in new transportation projects and improvements."

While we applaud their recommendation for improving bike conditions, the focus seems to be on trails instead of a comprehensive network of on- and off-road facilities. We plan to suggest that the trails recommendation be expanded to include on-road facilities as well. You can provide comments as well:

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