Lance Armstrong and Ray LaHood Push Bike Paths

The transportation secretary and his wife are longtime bikers.


By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who struck public opinion gold when he lambasted people who text while driving, has hit the jackpot again with another personal peeve: the need for more bike paths. This time he's getting shout-outs from seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and President Obama. Armstrong tweeted praise for LaHood last weekend: "Sec of Trans Ray LaHood talked about need 4 bike infrastructure on NPR today. Pretty sweet." Also last week, when a White House guest praised LaHood to him, President Obama said, "Oh, you must be a bicyclist." So what's the deal? LaHood and his wife are longtime bikers, often seen along Washington's C&O Canal. He's advocating for more bike paths as part of the nation's infrastructure and green plan.

  • See a slide show of Obama's 5 best cabinet secretaries.
  • Check out our gallery of Whispers political caricatures.