This just in:
US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, loves bikes:
“Bikers have as much right to the streets as anybody driving a car and I am concerned about [their safety].”
From the Huffington Post:
Ray LaHood ‘Concerned’ About Safety of Urban Bikers, Unsure If He’s A Hipster.
By: Sam Stein
WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood signaled on Tuesday that his department would be looking into measures to encourage automobile drivers to observe better safety standards when it came to bicyclists cohabiting the roadways.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, the Illinois Republican praised various cities for restructuring transportation policy around cleaner forms of transit, singling out the construction of bike lanes to encourage biking as particularly effective. But with additional bikers on the road come additional risks. And as head of the Department of Transportation, LaHood noted his â€œconcernâ€ over the â€œway that bikers are treated when they are on streets.â€
Read more: here.