Thursday, April 29, 2010
AND NOW A WORD OR THREE FROM TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RAY LAHOOD
League of American Bicyclists President Andy Clarke and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood teamed up for an all-star appearance on BicycleRadio Tuesday evening to discuss the state of national and local bike policy. Andy talked about upcoming National Bike Month, Bike to Work Day, and the Ride of Silence. The Secretary described his own love of cycling in the D.C. area with his wife (giving a shout-out to the C&O Canal trail) and the importance of providing transportation options for Americans.
The hosts asked the Secretary about some of the flack he's taken for his speaking up for bicycling. "We're on the side of the American people and American families," LaHood said, "We're not going to be dissuaded by our detractors." He then went on to remind the audience that "we're in a bicycling moment." What can we do to keep it going? The Secretary said, "I encourage people to get involved and join local bicycling groups, and if you have to, start your own."
At the end, Andy got a chance to mention LaHood's dedication to reducing distracted driving (Michigan passed a texting ban today) and the scourge of rumble strips.
At some point, you'll be able to hear all that and the Gary Fisher interview to find out where mountain biking is growing the most in the U.S. on the i-Tunes podcast.
League Policy Analyst