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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bicycle policy draws mixed reviews for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/14/bicycle-policy-ray-lahood_n_536791.html



The Buzz: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a weekend bicyclist, might consider keeping his head down and his helmet on. A backlash is brewing over his new bicycling policy.
LaHood says the government is going to give bicycling – and walking, too – the same importance as automobiles in transportation planning and the selection of projects for federal money. The former Republican congressman quietly announced the "sea change" in transportation policy last month.


Well, it's about time the iron grip of fossil fuelled vehicles loosened. There are many ways to locomote in this world, and doing it in a few tons of metal and plastic is often overkill.

I live ten miles from work. It would be an easy bike ride, and I'd pedal most of the time. It would also be deadly. One route is by the interstate. Well, that's not going to happen.

I could take Highway 54. That would work for the first few miles, which have bike lanes. The last few miles are narrow with little or no shoulder before a very deep ditch. Now, add heavy truck traffic. It would be classified as suicide by pedal.

This community is generally hostile to bicycles. Walkers too, though to a lesser extent.

We really need to broaden our vision on what makes acceptable transportation.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

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