‘Autopia: road to the future’

### http://www.wired.com March 19, 2010 at 12:48pm
Feds Deem Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorists Equals
By Jason Kambitsis
At long last, the feds have said the needs of pedestrians and cyclists must be placed alongside, not behind, those of motorists. In what amounts to a sea change for the Department of Transportation, the automobile will no longer be the prime consideration in federal transportation planning. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the needs of pedestrians and cyclists will be considered along with those of motorists, and he makes it clear that walking and riding are “an important component for livable communities”.

“People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning,” LaHood wrote on his blog. “This is the end of favouring motorised transportation at the expense of non-motorised.”

When it comes to doling out federal transportation funds, projects that adhere to the new policy statement will be given a higher priority, so it is within the best interests of cities and states to adhere to it.

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Post by Elizabeth Kerr

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2 responses to “‘Autopia: road to the future’

  1. Elizabeth

    Meanwhile in old Dunedin town…

    ###ODT Online Fri, 26 Mar 2010
    Cycle lanes a danger – AA
    By Debbie Porteous
    New cycle lanes in the middle of State Highway 1 through central Dunedin are “incredibly dangerous”, the Automobile Association says. But the New Zealand Transport Agency says they were located in the safest place, eliminating the need for cyclists to travel in and cross over turning lanes.
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  2. Phil

    Cyclist lane on the footpath side of turning lanes is not that uncommon. I remember from my degreelike studies involved in obtaining a Norwegian driving permit that the laws were quite specific in allowing cyclists to carry straight on, with turning traffic always having to give way to pedestrians or cyclists. It worked perfectly well. What they did have, sometimes, was an extra green traffic light for the left turning lane which indicated that cyclists and pedestrians were being held by their own little red light. Even so, the responsibility was always on the vehicle driver to give way to anyone and everyone, when turning.

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