Monday, March 22, 2010

BikeWalkLee applauds Lee MPO quick action in support of national complete streets policy

Monday, March 22, 2010

Contact: Darla Letourneau, 239-850-3219,

BikeWalkLee applauds Lee County Metropolitan Planning
Organization quick action in support of national complete streets policy

Fort Myers, FL –At the March 19 meeting of the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meeting the board, made up of elected officials from every municipality in Lee County, embraced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) new policy statement on bicycle and pedestrian accommodation. The MPO board unanimously passed a motion in support of the policy statement and encouraged the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to support it as well.

“BikeWalkLee is gratified by the continued leadership and commitment demonstrated by the MPO led by Chairman Judah to complete Lee County’s streets and to integrate the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists in road projects," said Darla Letourneau, a local community advocate and BikeWalkLee leader. "Not only is the MPO leading the county’s efforts, its quick endorsement of this policy statement puts Lee County in the forefront of communities around the country who recognize the significance of this bold action by the Secretary of Transportation. In fact, Lee County may be the first in the country to have officially endorsed the new policy.”

Click here to continue reading the press release.

BikeWalkLee posted this press release on USDOT Secretary LaHood's Facebook page, and even got a response from him. Check it out.

The League of American Bicyclists also highlighted Lee County's action and encouraged other communities around the country to take similar action. Check it out.

The National Journal Transportation Expert Blog
started a conversation about Secretary LaHood's policy, entitled "Should Bikes and Cars be treated equally?" See BikeWalkLee's comments posted on March 25th.

The New York Times Green, Inc. blog on April 5th had a
Q.&A.: Transportation Secretary on Biking, Walking and ‘What Americans Want’
“It’s what Americans want to do,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, of his emphasis on the role of bicycles and walking in good transportation policy. Click here to read the interview.

Secretary LaHood's Blog on April 6th also addressed these issues and is worth reading!

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