Friday, July 2, 2010

US Bicycle Route System begins connecting America

U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, "FastLane" Blog Features the US Bicycle Route System
July 2, 2010

It was exciting to see Secretary LaHood's focus on the US Bicycle Route System (USBRS). Here are a few excerpts:

"This system will connect urban, suburban, and rural areas. And it will lead to stronger regional connections as neighboring states coordinate their trails into routes. I'm also pleased to see how the FHWA and state and local transportation agencies are working with bicycle advocates and volunteers. That's the kind of partnership that gets things done.

The USBRS is not just a bunch of bike paths; we're talking about a transportation system. It will facilitate travel between communities and to historic and cultural landmarks. It will give people living in more rural areas a way to travel into a nearby urban area by bicycle. Urban and suburban residents will have better access to rural recreation areas. And--like our interstate highway system--it will facilitate long-distance travel by bicycle, whether across one’s state or across the country.

The USBRS will generate economic activity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote a healthier America. And because bicycle infrastructure is relatively inexpensive, the USBRS can achieve these benefits cost-effectively. It's a win for states, a win for local communities, and a win for America."

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