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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bicycling to opportunity...in safety | US DOT

When I was mayor of Charlotte, NC, I helped oversee development of a Complete Streets approach to transportation that included motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair users, transit passengers, and the businesses that lined the city's streets. I also was mayor when the Charlotte Center City Partners launched Charlotte B-Cycle, the largest urban bike-sharing system in the Southeast.
Cities and towns across the country are taking steps to make biking an option for their residents, but we have a responsibility to make sure that it's a safe option, too. Because, even though NHTSA reports national total crash fatalities at record lows, bicyclist and pedestrian deaths have not followed suit.
I didn't tolerate it as mayor of Charlotte, and we certainly won’t stand still at DOT and allow this crisis to build up over time. As I told the enthusiastic bicycling advocates yesterday at the 2014 National Bike Summit, our roads should be safe; they should be easy places to travel, no matter how we’re traveling on them.
Photo of Secretary Foxx at 2014 National Bike Summit
Photo courtesy of Brian Palmer
Traditionally, bicycling has not benefited from federal transportation investments. But in the past few years, our TIGER program has invested more than $150 million dollars in projects that have helped improve bike networks across the country.

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