Monday, March 15, 2010
Secretary LaHood announces sea change in bike/ped transportation policy
I wanted to alert you to this afternoon’s important announcement by Secretary LaHood on the importance of accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians. He is truly providing national leadership on complete streets and the need for a balanced transportation system. This new national policy statement is one more reason for the Florida Department of Transportation to promote complete streets and to pay greater attention to the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. Darla
Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.
We are integrating the needs of bicyclists in federally-funded road projects. We are discouraging transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians. And we are encouraging investments that go beyond the minimum requirements and provide facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
To set this approach in motion, we have formulated key recommendations for state DOTs and communities:
* Treat walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes.
* Ensure convenient access for people of all ages and abilities.
* Go beyond minimum design standards.
* Collect data on walking and biking trips.
* Set a mode share target for walking and bicycling.
* Protect sidewalks and shared-use paths the same way roadways are protected (for example, snow removal)
* Improve nonmotorized facilities during maintenance projects.
Now, this is a start, but it's an important start. These initial steps forward will help us move forward even further. To read the full story, click here