Thought you would be interested in this via Bunky. The only affirmative
response I have received for tomorrow's trip is from Bud and Kathy. Anyone
From: Richard H. Bernstein <[log in to unmask]>
To: George Plumb <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Monday, July 12, 1999 12:44 PM
Subject: advocates: wykle -- pedaling into the 21st century (fwd)
>George--here's an interesting article from the LAB..bunky
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>Date: Mon, 12 Jul 1999 11:05:35 -0400
>From: Kaia Lenhart <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: advocates: wykle -- pedaling into the 21st century
>advocates -- please feel free to print in your newsletters and forward
>to others who may be interested!
> PEDALING INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
> By Kenneth R. Wykle
> Federal Highway Administration
>President Clinton and Vice President Gore have established the
>development of liveable communities as a top priority for the
>Administration. Liveable communities -- places where people can work
>together to improve the quality of their lives -- means
>encouraging development patterns that give people safe, accessible and
>convenient transportation choices. Those are, by
>definition, friendly to bicycling.
>Following the strong direction from the President and the Vice
>President, government agencies have begun to view bicycling as
>a serious part of our national transportation system -- a transportation
>choice instead of a recreational activity only. And more
>and better things are coming for bicycling in the future.
>Under the leadership of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
>spending for bicycle and pedestrian projects has
>increased from about $4 million of federal money annually in the late
>1980s to an average of $160 million a year during the
>1990s. Even this amount was on a continual upswing, reaching $239
>million in 1997. In addition, significant amounts of money
>are being invested by state and local governments to improve conditions
>The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which
>President Clinton signed into law last year, holds even
>greater potential for funding bicycle facilities and programs. State and
>local transportation planning agencies also are more
>aware of the demand for facilities that will allow people to bicycle and
>of the environmental, economic and congestion-relief
>benefits of bicycling. As a result, we expect a continued surge in
>bicycle facility investment as an alternative to the investment of
>the past, which too often excluded bicycling as a choice.
>We have made tremendous progress in the last few years. More American
>adults are riding bikes and walking. But we must
>continually focus on our number one priority -- safety -- while at the
>same time creating an environment that encourages
>bicycling and walking.
>Our goal is to double the percentage of trips made by bicycle and foot
>while, at the same time, reducing the absolute number of
>fatalities and injuries involving bicyclists and pedestrians by 10
>We have found that more than one-fourth of all travel is one mile or
>less and 53 percent of all people live within two miles of a
>public transit route. These short trips hold tremendous potential for
>increasing the amount of bicycling.
>To reach our goal, we will be reaching out to the state and local
>officials who are responsible for making most transportation
>decisions under our program. We will be encouraging them to consider
>bicycling when they write their plans and we will be
>developing procedures that will require that consideration in a
>Today, at FHWA, we are approaching transportation with a new perspective
>that will produce more consideration and more
>access for bicyclists. We have a new vision that says that the
>super-highway is not always the answer.
>The quest for road improvements does not always have to result in a
>huge, multi-lane road that leaves little or no room for
>bicyclists and pedestrians. Instead, a well designed highway can balance
>the needs of bicyclists and motor vehicle traffic.
>While FHWA will continue to provide leadership from Washington,
>bicycling advocates must make their voices heard at the
>state and metropolitan planning levels. The legislation of the 1990s
>opened the door of the planning process to public
>involvement. Our guidance to the planning organizations will ensure that
>bicycling and walking are given consideration.
>However, it is up to bicycling advocates to participate and to make sure
>that what is planned is well designed and maintained.
>In the federal transportation program, funds are distributed in general
>categories to state transportation departments and
>metropolitan planning organizations. Bicycling projects are broadly
>eligible for funding from most of the major federal-aid
>highway, transit, and safety programs.
>Decisions to allocate these funds are now and will continue to be made
>at the state and metropolitan level, but we will through
>consultation strongly encourage the funding of bicycling facilities and
>TEA-21 not only directs consideration for bicyclists in the planning
>process but it also requires consideration of bicycle facilities
>in conjunction with all new construction and reconstruction of
>transportation facilities, except where bicycling is explicitly not
>permitted. We hope that prohibition will be applied to a dwindling
>number of places and only on a sound safety basis.
>Bicycling is economical, environmentally sound and healthy. It can and
>should be an available alternative for people to get
>around whether it is to work, school, shopping or visiting friends.
>People shouldn’t have to use a gallon of gasoline to
>get a quart of milk. Increased use of bicycling as a means of
>transportation also will help protect the environment, reduce traffic
>congestion and develop more liveable communities.
>If we are to reach our goals, bicycle advocates must become involved in
>the planning process at the state and local levels. By
>making planners and other decision-makers in all 50 states aware of the
>demand for bicycle facilities, we can develop a better
>transportation system and, ultimately, a better nation.
># # #
>> Kenneth R. Wykle
>> Federal Highway Administration
>> Kenneth R. Wykle took office on Nov. 10, 1997 as the 14th
>> administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the
>> overall chief road executive since the agency*s inception in 1893 as
>> Office of Road Inquiry. President Clinton nominated Mr. Wykle for the
>> position on Oct. 6, 1997, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on
>> The FHWA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation,
>> 3,600 employees, a field office in every state and an annual budget of
>> than $21 billion. The FHWA works with the states and with communities
>> the nation to build and maintain America*s roads and bridges and
>> strong intermodal transportation system. The agency also develops and
>> regulate safety requirements for commercial vehicle operators and,
>> Federal Lands Highway Program, works to provide access to national
>> national parks, Indian reservations and other public lands. In
>> agency works with the Defense Department to support the Strategic
>> Network and connectors that serve major military installations.
>> Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater called Mr. Wykle *a
>> visionary leader who will continue our focus on safety, efficiency,
>> growth and opportunity for all Americans. His leadership, management
>> intermodal transportation experience will be powerful forces in
>> future of our highways as we meet the challenges of the 21st century.*
>> Until his retirement in 1995 as a lieutenant general, Mr.
>> as deputy commander in chief of the U.S. Transportation Command, the
>> military*s unified command for the Army Military Traffic Management
>> Command, the Navy Military Sealift Command and the Air Force Air
>> Command. During his Army career, Mr. Wykle commanded a medium truck
>> in Vietnam and later taught military logistics doctrine and operations
>> Army*s Command and Staff College. He also served in the United
>> Germany, Japan and Korea and at several locations in the United
>> including the U.S. Army Transportation Center, which he commanded, at
>> Eustis in Virginia. From 1995-97, he was vice president for defense
>> transportation at Science Applications International Corporation in
>> Mr. Wykle was born in Ronceverte, W.Va. He holds a bachelor*s
>> in education from West Virginia University, where he completed ROTC
>> commissioned a second lieutenant of field artillery in 1963. He also
>> master*s degree in psychology from Ball State University. He has
>> numerous awards throughout his military career, including the Defense
>> Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Legion
>> Merit Award three times, and the Bronze Star Medal twice.
>> Mr. Wykle and his wife, Mary, live in Burke, Va. They have