Lance Armstrong and Ray LaHood Push Bike Paths

The transportation secretary and his wife are longtime bikers.

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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.

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