Can anyone name any U.S. Transportation Secretaries throughout history? Me neither. Until now. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (pictured) has made a name for himself with not only political watchers but also everyday people, and particularly bicyclists, because of his stance on non-motorized transportation and transit.
Until now, the position of Transportation Secretary has been a pretty low-profile post. LaHood has raised awareness of it with his new bicycling policy, which says the government is going to give bicycling and walking the same importance as automobiles in transportation planning and the selection of projects for federal money.
But while he's considered somewhat of a rockstar with bicycle, pedestrian, and transit advocates, some conservatives and many in the trucking and manufacturing industries consider LaHood a radical. One congressman even went so far as to suggest LaHood's new policy is a result of him being on drugs and asked if he thinks freight is going to be distributed between states by bicycle.
I found this article from the Associated Press about LaHood's situation pretty interesting. I can see both sides' points because of my position at Spokane Regional Transportation Council, but I feel there's a compromise that can be reached if everyone acts like an adult about it.
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