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From DC.Streetsblog.org about a conference with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Miami. Cops aren't exactly the brightest bulbs in the box (or out of it).

Police escorting participants on a bike ride with Secretary LaHood led riders on the sidewalk, against traffic and then on the Riverwalk, where bikes are officially not allowed.
 

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From DC.Streetsblog.org about a conference with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Miami. Cops aren't exactly the brightest bulbs in the box (or out of it).
Are you saying that you haven't seen/heard of cops doing all kinds of illegal stuff? I'm betting that right after the ride they jumped in the squad car and found a bike lane to park in. :)
 

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LaHood was in Florida for the 1st National Bike Summit.

Some quotes from the summit, by Lahood;

"We need to develop zero tolerance for people who don't respect cyclists. That's the campaign we're kicking off today".

"It's simple, when you build a road, build a bike lane. When you're fixing up your street, build in a bike lane. Do that, and we'll be supportive of that at the national level".

"Another simple thing, we need to make sure people driving here have respect for bicyclists. Bicyclists have as much right to the road as they do".

" If someone is not respectful of cyclists, there's a penalty. That's it in a nutshell".

If all you got out of the article was that LaHood used a police escort to ride on the sidewalk, that's kinda sad. The guy is trying to do for cyclists, what was done for seatbelts with the "Click it or ticket" campaign. Now the U.S. DOT is starting a national effort to make cycling easier and safer. I'm okay with that! And if Ray LaHood wants to kick off the campaign by closing down I-95, scrambling a squadron of fighters out of Boca Chica NAS as an escort, I'm okay with that too.
 

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Lots of words. Good words, but only words. We've heard these before from LaHood and from many others. When motorists start getting hammered for hitting pedestrians and cyclists instead of no charges filed and when we start to see good segregated cycle tracks and safe intersections instead of a bit of painted sharrrows or narrow MUP's, then I'll find it interesting and something to post about.
 

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From DC.Streetsblog.org about a conference with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Miami. Cops aren't exactly the brightest bulbs in the box (or out of it).
Ray LaHood is originally from right here in Peoria, Illinois. I know Illinois is trying to really promote cycling but at the local government level, I see alot of contradictions with local government not wanting to spend money of creating a bike lane, maintenance and signage. Washington need to drive this home at the local level in order to see improvements and changes IMO.
 
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