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Mayoral Support for the Secretary’s Policy Statement
In March, we told you about the Lee County Council in Florida that passed a motion of support for the Transportation Secretary’s statement on bicycling and walking. We just learned about another endorsement. This time it came from a Mayor in Mississippi.
Mayor Jack Reed of Tupelo signed a proclamation expressing the city’s official support for the Secretary’s policy.
It reads in part:
WHEREAS, Secretary LaHood’s policy states in part that “Every transportation agency, including the Department of Transportation, has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling and to integrate walking and bicycling into their transportation systems; and
WHEREAS, because of the numerous individual and community benefits that walking and biking provide – including health, safety, environmental, transportation, and quality of life – transportation agencies are encouraged to go beyond the minimum standards to provide safe and convenient facilities for these modes”; and
WHEREAS, I am pleased to see that the Secretary recognizes the importance of walking and biking, as I do and as the residents of Tupelo do, I hope that the Mississippi Department of Transportation and other cities in Mississippi will recognize and support this policy as well.
This statement is an excellent example of local support that the Secretary is receiving all over the country. Keep ’em coming!