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LaHood: Rail-Trails Are the Best Health Care Program

Posted By Tanya Snyder On October 12, 2011 @ 4:56 pm In Bicycling,Bike/Ped,Rails-to-Trails Conservancy,Ray LaHood,U.S. DOT | 1 Comment

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood became a darling of the bicycling advocacy community last year when he jumped up on a table [1] at the National Bike Summit and affirmed his support for biking, later declaring [2] “the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”


LaHood's tabletop speech to cyclists, March 2010. Photo: J. Maus / Bike Portland

Now LaHood says that biking and walking is not only good transportation policy; it’s good health care policy.

Speaking at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s 25th anniversary reception last weekend, LaHood said the rail-trail program “has done more for health care than anything we’ve ever done in America. Rail-trails have contributed so much to people’s good health over the last 25 years — also preventing heart disease, and providing the kinds of opportunities people have looked for, for a long, long time.”

City health departments are getting on board with active transportation, with many health officials promoting biking and walking as a path to good health. Perhaps the innovative partnership between USDOT, EPA, and HUD should make room for Health and Human Services too?

We’ll bring you more of the LaHood-bicycle-lovefest tomorrow, when the secretary publicly endorses the NACTO bike guide [4], the most bicycle-friendly street-planning guide out there for engineers.

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URLs in this post:

[1] jumped up on a table: http://bikeportland.org/2010/03/11/ray-lahood-rouses-summit-crowd-with-tabletop-speech-30590

[2] declaring: http://fastlane.dot.gov/2010/03/my-view-from-atop-the-table-at-the-national-bike-summit.html

[3] Image: http://usa.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2011/10/table.jpg

[4] NACTO bike guide: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2011/03/09/new-bikeway-design-guide-could-bring-safer-cycling-to-more-american-cities/

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