Cars won't get all the love.
March 30, 2010 12:01 AM Subscribe
posted by billyfleetwood (77 comments total)
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At this Year's National Bike Summit
, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood had a few words
for the crowd.
A week later he blogged about it
and announced a major policy revision
From his speech: "I’ve been all over America, and where I’ve been in America I’ve been very proud to talk about the fact that people do want alternatives,” he said (video below). “They want out of their cars, they want out of congestion, they want to live in livable neighborhoods and livable communities … You've got a partner in Ray LaHood."
From his blog: "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."
Initially, some felt that Obama's appointment of LaHood reflected a lack of dedication to Green issues, - From Harpers magazine, July 2009
: "Only minuscule portions of the stimulus bill or his budget proposals were dedicated to mass transit, and his indifference to the issue—what must be a major component of any serious effort to go green—was reflected in his appointment of a mediocre Republican time-server, Ray LaHood, as his transportation secretary."
He seems to have ticked off business groups and Republicans
, so maybe he's not just keeping the seat warm after all. More on what the Policy change means from Wired.