The National Public Radio show All Things Considered ran a feature yesterday on the rise of cycling in American transportation planning.

The piece was inspired by cities like Washington DC and Portland, Oregon, which have been steadily improving bike lanes and trails, and by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s pledge to expand biking infrastructure nationwide.

Responding to criticism that the vast majority of Americans travel most everywhere by car, both LaHood and Gabe Klein, the director of transportation for Washington DC, made the point that the government puts tremendous resources into infrastructure for cars, but little into making biking pleasant, convenient and safe.

“We see a direct correlation between our investment in bike lanes, bike sharing, bike facilities in geographic areas with a direct uptick in usage, and we’ve seen it over the last 15 or 16 years,” Klein said. “We recognize that the city has got to make the investment and then the people come. It was the same thing with car sharing. If it’s not in your neighborhood, how are you going to use it?”

Listen to the feature below or on the NPR website.

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