Secretary LaHood: Policy statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations & Recommendations
Secretary Ray LaHood made this important announcement regarding highway funding and bike/ped facilities:
“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.”
Click on the link above to read the full story & click here for the new policy statement.
This is good news of course. I think our task is to ensure this mandate is not met by merely throwing bike/ped facilities into the same sprawl-pattern developments. It would result in those pics Andres Duany shows of the lonely and out-of-place pedestrian on the sidewalk dominated by a highway. It does little good to build bike/ped facilities if there is nowhere practical to go and it is not a place anyone wishes to be. I know that is not what Secretary LaHood has in mind.
This would be a good message to share with Shelley Poticha and her colleagues at CNU18: the new bike/ped policy should support communities that embrace walkable (ridable?) neighborhoods. In other words, the sustainable value is not in the mere presence of bike/ped facilities, but their integration into a neighborhood that functions to support bicycling and walking.
Photo: Strip development in Orlando: A bike lane won't mean much here. Real value comes from integrating bike/ped facilities in neighborhoods that support them.
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