From Tony Hull, Program and Evaluation Specialist
The US Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, has gone state-of-the-art in terms of communication style and transport policy. In addition to his unending blogging and social networking (he has both a Facebook page and Twitter account), he was quite vocal this week in defending investments in bicycling and walking infrastructure. He was quick to react to angry remarks from Senator Coburn (R-OK), who attacked bicycle projects included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including the Cedar Lake Trail connection to the new Twins ballpark. Secretary Lahood makes strong statements that investing in biking and walking are critical to the new DOT livability initiative.
From Secretary LaHood:
Yes, some of those projects include bike paths, a key ingredient in our livability initiative to allow people to live, work, and get around without a car.
We don't call that waste; we call it progress.