News Bulletin: USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood is not a tool.
For many of us, I think, it’s always a nice surprise to find a high-ranking government appointee that isn’t a tool.
Check out his bike-related Earth Day blog post here. This administration is putting
its our money where its mouth is by mandating that a certain percentage of ARRA (economic stimulus) funds must go to “transportation enhancements”, which are usually bike, ped, and public transit projects. Add to that the new Dept of Energy program that makes grant money available to bike projects, and we’ve got a whole mess o’ cash coming down the pipe to those government agencies that make a good ask.
So… Pakistan may be about to fall to the Taliban, and we use four million unrecycled plastic cups a day on airline flights alone, and apparently Providence is the hardest city in the US in which to live (that’s just bs), but I’m convinced that conditions for cyclists in Providence will continue to improve. And that Secretary LaHood is not a tool.