LaHood: Bring on the Bike Lanes

(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?