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David Fiedler

U.S. Cyclists All Smiles Over New Secretary of Transportation

By April 7, 2009

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Remember Mary Peters? She was the previous U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the woman who (in)famously said something to the effect that bikes aren't really part of the equation when it comes to transportation in the United States.

Well, with Peters and the rest if the old administration gone from DC, blown away with the winds of the November election like so much hanging chad, we've got a new Secretary of Transporation, Ray LaHood, and the great news is that he is way way way more progressive and bike friendly than Peters ever could have been when it comes to including two-wheeled transport in the nation's plan for getting around in the coming years.

In fact, if you need any proof, look no further than a recent post on his blog written after he addressed the National Bike Summit. There LaHood says:

I am 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.

I can't tell you how exciting this is. Regardless of whether you ride bikes for fun, fitness or for practical purposes, having an advocate for cycling at the highest level to affect federal transporation policy is a terrific thing.

Read LaHood's entire blog post here: Cyclists are Important Users of Transportation Systems


April 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm
(1) sally says:

I am so glad that I voted for President Obama.

April 7, 2009 at 11:41 pm
(2) Christopher Ganiere says:

I hope that the administration will not wast gas tax money on non-road projects. We that pay the tax expect to reap the benefits. I can use the roads for both 2 and 4 wheel transportation.

April 14, 2009 at 9:42 am
(3) Libby says:

The choice of LaHood is so encouraging! As an avid bicyclist for both pleasure and transportation, I also drive a car and pay gas taxes. I would endorse the administration’s use of those taxes for 2-wheel transportation, as well as mass transit. To assume business as usual and ignore the fact that fuel as we know it will not be available is putting our heads in the sand.

April 16, 2009 at 11:23 am
(4) James says:

Christopher, the low gas taxes that we pay in this country do not even begin to pay for road projects. Those projects are already subsidized by other taxes that we pay like income and property. As a commuting cyclist, I sometimes hear the argument that I don’t pay for my fair share of the road, but the opposite is true. I pay taxes that go toward road projects and my vehicle does not cause the damage to the roadways that larger ones do.

I am very happy to see that LaHood understands that bikes can be part of the transportation solution

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