Rule on Planning Input from Bike Organizations to be Overturned

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By Charles Pekow — The Republican Congress and president are undoing as much Obama Administration work as they can – and their efforts include that related to cycling. Last December, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) issued new transportation planning regulations it said were designed “to promote more effective regional planning by states and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The new rule, which technically took effect in January, required MPOs to implement an overall transportation planning process that must include the needs of all users, including bicyclists (goo.gl/QBDL9P).

DoT issued the rule over objections of commenters who argued that local planners could better determine bicyclists’ and others’ needs than regional ones. Therefore, Congress passed a bill in April overturning the rules (goo.gl/o6bBZV). As of early May, it was awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature.

 

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Charles Pekow
Charles Pekow is an award-winning Washington correspondent who has written about bicycling for years in publications such as the Washington Post, Bicycle Times, Dirt Rag, SPOKES, etc. as well as Cycling West/Cycling Utah. He also writes frequently on environmental issues and beer, among other topics. Weather permitting, you'll find him most weekends and some summer evenings astride a bicycle in a park. He is also a charter member of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

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