Obama Bicycle Policy Wins Love From Cyclists...
WASHINGTON — “Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the government is going to give bicycling – and walking, too – the same importance as automobiles in transportation planning and the selection of projects for federal money. The former Republican congressman quietly announced the "sea change" in transportation policy last month.
The new policy is an extension of the Obama administration's livability initiative, which regards the creation of alternatives to driving – buses, streetcars, trolleys and trains, as well as biking and walking – as central to solving the nation's transportation woes.
LaHood's blog was accompanied by a DOT policy statement urging states and transportation agencies to treat "walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes." It recommends, among other things, including biking and walking lanes on bridges and clearing snow from bike paths.”
For the full story see: Obama Bicycle Policy Wins Love From Cyclists, Scorn From Trucking Industry
Pennsylvania unveils plan to create state greenways system...
“Gov. Ridge envisions a system of greenways throughout Pennsylvania — a statewide network connecting existing local greenways with new ones to form a unique, large-scale environmental and recreational asset,” said state Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary John Oliver, who co-chaired the Greenways Partnership Commission.
For the full story see: Pennsylvania unveils plan to create state greenways system
National Trails Day...
In 1987, then President Ronald Regan established a commission to examine the United States outdoors space, which included parks, trails, beaches, and natural spaces. The commission recommended that all americans have access to a trail in their neighborhood, so they can enjoy and take advantage of the natural environments in their areas. This recommendation was the inspiration for public parties and private parties, joining the American Hiking Society to establish the National Trails Day.
For the full story see: National Trail Days – June 4, 2011