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In March 2010, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood made a surprising announcement that recognizes the importance of accommodating for bicycles and pedestrians in national and state transportation planning.
"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."
LaHood's key recommendations for state DOTs and communities include:
See Secretary LaHood's notable "tabletop speech" to the National Bike Summit