This afternoon the League joined up with our coalition partners at America Bikes, Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Transportation for America to personally thank Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for his continued support for bicycling and walking. We weren’t alone! Not only did 100 other cyclists in Washington, D.C. take the opportunity to bike over to US DOT headquarters, but over 200 bicycling, active living, smart growth and public health organizations from all 50 states signed on to our thank you letter.
Secretary LaHood took a moment to address the media regarding the DOT’s commitment towards bicycling, but not before turning his back to the media assembled to address the large crowd who had biked over. LaHood’s message was similar to that of his famous tabletop speech that we bicyclists have a full partner in Ray LaHood and the US DOT. He also suggested that we continue to not be shy about our message, that it is being heard.
Thanks to everyone that joined us on the ride, and thanks to the organizations across the country who signed on to our letter! For those of you looking for ways to further promote Secretary LaHood’s policy statement, consider having your city, MPO or state sign on in support of the statement.
Jeff PeelPeel joined the League in March 2008 as a Program Specialist for the Bicycle Friendly Communities program. Peel has a BA in American Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi.
State and Local Advocacy Coordinator