Thursday, April 23, 2009
 

Transportation Secretary LaHood reaffirms support for bicycling on Earth Day

In his Earth Day post on the Dept. of Transportation blog, Bicycling is an important factor in less carbon-intensive commuting, Secretary LaHood reaffirms his support for bicycling as "an environmentally sound commuting option."

More importantly, he notes that:
The upcoming reauthorization of DOT's surface transportation programs provides an opportunity for us to feature bicycling as part of a new American mobility within livable communities. As I said today in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, this includes fostering communities where bicyclists feel both safe and welcome on the roadways. Bike-friendly development also has the potential to contribute significantly to the revitalization of downtown districts and offer an alternative to sprawl and automobile-focused commuting.

Earth Day is today, but we'll need the sustained engagement of bicycle commuters and their advocates in the weeks and months to come to help keep the wheels of bicycle-friendly legislation on the road. [Emphasis added].
Image of Secretary LaHood at Bike Summit, from Bike Portland.

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