Government Policy: Giving Way to Bicycles and Pedestrians, and a Photo of the Future

That’s what our Transportation Secretary said:

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a “major policy revision” that aims to give bicycling and walking the same policy and economic consideration as driving.

“Today I want to announce a sea change,” he wrote on his blog last week. “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of nonmotorized.”

The new policy, which was introduced a few days after Mr. LaHood gave a well-received speech from atop a table at the National Bike Summit, is said to reflect the Transportation Department’s support for the development of fully integrated transportation networks.

I guess he means this:

A view looking west on the Changan Avenue with the corner of the Great Hall of the People on the left.  Beijing, China, 1981.  Taken during the negotiations documented in A Fistful of Yuan.

I’ll also guess that those who oppose it will be labelled “counter-revolutionary double-dealing capitalist roaders,” but the Chinese received us well in those days.

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