Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, April 26) When he was appointed US DOT Commissioner, Ray LaHood was a bit of a cipher outside of Washington. What was known: he was a Republican Congressman from rural Illinois, a friend of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and a recreational biker. So it's been a bit of a surprise to some -- even in the President's circle of advisers -- that LaHood has become such an advocate of sustainable development, biking, and transit. His blog entry for today argues that bike infrastructure is a good thing, even for the ninety percent of Americans who don't regularly bike. Maybe he should debate this with Marty Markowitz?