One of the first steps the Administration took was establishing letsmove.gov, a great web resource for parents and others interested in healthier American children. Another key step in that process is the Interagency Action Plan released today by the First Lady and other task force leaders.
Here at DOT we support the First Lady's efforts wholeheartedly, and we're particularly interested in the report's Chapter V: Increasing Physical Activity, which includes a section on "The Built Environment."
We know that our "all-digital-all-the-time world" doesn't always encourage us to live the healthiest lives we can. That's why we're working hard to make it easier for Americans to walk or bike safely in their communities. And when kids see that more adults are choosing to walk or bike, they are more likely to exercise healthier transportation options.
And walking and biking aren't just good for our health; they're good for our environment, and they're ways of getting around that Americans have said they want.
- That's why, in March, we announced our new bicycle and pedestrian policy initiative.
- That's why, last year, we established our Livability Principles.
- That's why we support Safe Routes to School programs.
- That's why we support Complete Streets .
- That's why we've used TIGER discretionary funds to support projects that benefit their communities.
But look, when we talk about encouraging bicycling and walking, we're not talking about taking away anyone's roads, cars, or trucks.
We're talking about joining the First Lady and the Childhood Obesity Task Force in saying--to those who want to get around their communities on foot or by pedal power--let's move!