U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced today a new direction for bicycle planning at the federal level.
"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." LaHood blog
LaHood said the new policy elevates biking and walking to the level of driving in federally-funded transportation plans. He nearly announced the plan standing on a table at a national bike summit in Washington, D.C. as portrayed in the video above.
Idaho will host a similar event, the sixth annual Idaho Community Bicycle Congress starting March 24 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Boise State. This year's theme is women and cycling with a focus on commuting. The women and commuting workshop will be repeated on April 6, 20 and 27.
Bicycle Congress founder and Boise State philosopher George Knight said that as more and more Idahoans pick up two wheels, the number of women commuters continues to lag.
“Already under-represented in the total work force, women are disproportionately under-represented among bicycle commuters, and the trend is manifested in cities across the nation,” Knight said in an annoucement. “This year’s Bicycle Congress will attempt to stimulate conversations about women’s experiences in bicycle commuting while offering a mentoring program to help women who strive to balance societal roles and transportation choices.”