On March 15th, the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, announced a new policy statement that calls for the end of treating bicycling and walking as second-class modes of transportation. Read the whole statement.
LaHood’s leadership sets a great example for the states to follow. It is an important step in completing bicycle and pedestrian networks all over the country. But there is a lot of work to do to get there. Already, opponents have attacked the secretary for speaking out in favor of active transportation. We need our elected officials and state Departments of Transportation to really understand how important bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure is to all of us. You can help!
Please take a moment to:
- Thank Secretary LaHood for his leadership on this issue and call on him to continue to fight for safe, healthy, clean transportation options – thank him on Facebook, (also follow his blog and Twitter feed)
- Urge your governor and state DOT to support the USDOT policy statement on bicycling and walking, and
- Find advocacy organizations and clubs in your area (enter your zip code) and work with them to speak up for bicycling!
The League of American Bicyclists is eager to ensure that the priorities of the policy statement are realized. Help us continue our efforts.
League Policy Director
Flusche joined the League in April 2009 and has a B.A. in history from Syracuse University and a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in public policy analysis from New York University.