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1905 In Jacksonville, FL, OPR completes a 5,280-foot object lesson road, 15 feet wide, at a cost of $5,211.03. OPR's FY 1910 report notes the road was the best road in the area "and traffic, whenever possible, was diverted from other roads to it. In a year the travel over it had increased fourfold. A brickyard was established by the road and many very heavy loads were hauled over it . . . . Automobiles have increased in number from 100 in 1905 to 973 in 1910."
1983 In a memo to Executive Director R. D. Morgan from David K. Phillips, the Pavement Management Coordination Group notes that no significant road test work has been done since the AASHO Road Test was completed in 1960. The Group recommends short- and long-term initiatives to provide answers to complex pavement rehabilitation and design issues. On July 26, Administrator Ray Barnhart informs Associate Administrators and Regional Administrators that he has approved a program consisting of six interrelated activities aimed at providing sound information to pavement engineers.
1994 Administrator Rodney Slater and Acting NHTSA Administrator Christopher Hart walk from the USDOT Building to Capitol Hill to deliver the report to Congress on the "National Bicycling and Walking Study." Accompanied by a pedestrian convoy and police bicycle squads from local jurisdictions, they turn the report over to Representative Martin O. Sabo, who initiated the study. The report lays out an action plan to achieve the report's goals of doubling, from 7.9 percent to 15.8 percent, the percentage of transportation trips by bicycling and walking and to reduce, by 10 percent, fatalities occurring to bicyclists and pedestrians.
ON THE HILL -- Administrator Rodney E. Slator delivers the National Bicycling and Walking Study to Representative Martin O. Sabo at the U. S. Capitol, as NHTSA's Acting Administrator Christopher Hart (in sunglasses behind Sabo) looks on (top). Also seen are members of police bicycle squads from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia who provided the pedal power (and escort) for the pedestrian convoy to Capitol Hill and back (bottom).

"The goals of doubling the current percentage of bicycling and walking trips and reducing by ten percent the number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed or injured are challenging, yet obtainable, and would reap significant transportation as well as other societal benefits . . . .We must continue working toward institutionalizing bicycling and walking to the Nation's transportation system at the Federal, State, and local levels."
The National Bicycling and Walking Study:
Transportation Choices for a Changing America
Final Report

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