Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (pictured) is somewhat of a rockstar with bicycle, pedestrian, and transit advocates, but he isn’t gaining any popularity with conservatives and a lot of people in the manufacturing and trucking industries.

A backlash is apparently brewing over his new bicycling policy, which says that the government is going to give bicycling and walking the same importance as automobiles in transportation planning and the selection of projects for federal money.

While many bicyclists, environmentalists and urban planners have praised LaHood, he’s taking heat from others, with one congressman going so far as to suggest his new policy is a result of him being on drugs.

Here’s an article from the Associated Press about the situation.

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