Ray LaHood at Bike Summit, photo credit Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland

Generally, politicians and big businesses have the reputation of favoring the status quo, and generally resisting sweeping changes that would bring about increased efficiency and sustainability. However, with regards to transportation in the U.S., that might be about to change.
Treehugger reports that “Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has made a statement at Bike Portland that could radically change America’s transportation policies.

Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.
We are integrating the needs of bicyclists in federally-funded road projects. We are discouraging transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians. And we are encouraging investments that go beyond the minimum requirements and provide facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

Read more about potential policy changes in the new  United States Department of Transportation Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations.
And read the full Treehugger article here.