Advocacy Organizations Provide Recommendations to US Department of Transportation

5174_112851646778_4106702_nFollowing the release of the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) draft strategic plan “Transportation for a New Generation” last month, more than eighty state and local biking and walking organizations collaborated to inform DOT of the plan’s short-comings. Most notably, the plan did not include sufficient accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians. The League of American Bicyclists and Safe Routes to School National Partnership assisted with the recommendations, providing policy advice for built environment goals and policies to create sustainable communities. The Alliance for Biking and Walking provided the recommendations for the sections on Safety, Livable Communities, Environmental Sustainability, and Organizational Excellence. Some of the recommendations include:

  • Implement a Complete Street approach when designing safety measures to ensure livability is integrated into every program and project
  • Actively encourage investment in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure that addresses system-wide safety issues.
  • Improve data collection for bicycling and walking
  • Adopt the concrete, measurable and ambitious goal to increase bicycle mode share nationally to 5% by 2025 and pedestrian mode share nationally to 25% by 2025, and set incremental goals for 2015-2018.
  • Retrain the next generation of transportation professionals to be truly multimodal.

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