New Bike Nation!

U.S. DOT announces new pro-biking policy

Today at the National Bike Summit, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood unveiled a new federal policy and transportation funding priority: "Treat walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes.

It's on a roll with this week's "New Bike City" story.

You can find good National Bike Summit coverage from Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (FABB). From LaHood's announcement:

"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.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Transportation
Austin Transportation Guide
Austin Transportation Guide
How to get around Austin, with or without your own wheels

Katie Walsh, March 3, 2017

Getting Around Austin
Getting Around Austin
Explore Downtown without a car and without getting lost

Annamarya Scaccia, June 22, 2016

More by Katherine Gregor
Climate Protection: City in No Hurry To Cool It
Climate Protection: City in No Hurry To Cool It
Checking in on the Climate Protection Program's progress – or lack thereof

Aug. 6, 2010

Climate Change Crosses County Lines
Climate Change Crosses County Lines
Study predicts how climate change will affect Texas' future water needs

July 30, 2010

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

bicycle, transportation

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle