The Federal Highway Administration once again ignored bicyclists when determining performance measures for our transportation system.
- Even though Congress just instituted a complete streets policy for the National Highway System (Main streets, arterials and other major roads), FHWA wants to measure performance of the system using a measure for drivers only.
- It measures congestion by measuring delay for drivers, but gives no credit to states or metropolitan areas that invest in biking, walking or transit facilities that reduce congestion.
- Finally, the rule sets goals for measuring air pollutants from transportation, but doesn’t include greenhouse gases.
If these draft rules are implemented, they will hinder the ability of local governments to implement complete streets, build protected bike lanes, etc.
We’ve done it before. With your help we convinced FHWA to include a safety performance measure for biking and walking. We need your help again.