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Old 02-09-12, 11:19 AM
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ACTION NEEDED NOW- IF YOU RIDE, please help

From the League of American Bicyclists.

https://support.railstotrails.org/Save_Trails
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https://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/...ction_KEY=9546



Act Now on Key Transportation Votes
Ask the Senate to Support Cardin-Cochran, Tell Your Representative to Oppose the House Bill

It’s time to ask both chambers of Congress to save our streets.

The current Senate transportation bill (MAP-21) weakens walking and biking programs. To improve the bill, we’re asking senators to vote for a bipartisan amendment to guarantee local governments a voice in transportation decisions and allow them to build sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways that keep people safe.

In the House, we are asking representatives to oppose the House transportation bill. Despite the fact that walking and bicycling infrastructure is a low-cost investment that creates more jobs per dollar than any other kind of highway spending, the House bill eliminates dedicated funding for walking and biking altogether.

Will you contact your Representative and Senators today and ask them to save our streets?

Senate: Support the bipartisan Cardin-Cochran amendment
As written, the Senate’s transportation bill removes dedicated funding for walking and biking and allows state DOTs to opt-out of safe street programs. The Cardin-Cochran amendment ensures local governments can fund walking and biking infrastructure.

Tell your senators:

Local governments deserve a voice in transportation. The Cardin-Cochran amendment ensures that cities and counties have a voice in making transportation decisions for safer streets in their communities.
Safety matters. Bicycle and pedestrian deaths make up 14% of all traffic fatalities, but only 1.5% of federal funds go towards making walking and biking safer. These programs provide funding for sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways that make streets safe for all users.
Active transportation is a wise investment. Walking and biking infrastructure is low-cost, creates more jobs per dollar than any other kind of highway spending, and is critical to economic development for main street America.

House: Say “NO” to H.R. 7

On the other side of Congress, the House is about to consider a transportation bill that reverses 20 years of progress in making streets safer for people. Despite the fact that walking and biking make up 12% of trips but receive only 1.5% of federal funding, the House bill eliminates dedicated funding for walking and biking. It’s time to defeat this bill.

Tell your representative:

HR 7 takes us back to the 1950s. HR 7 takes us back to a 1950s system by eliminating dedicated funding for biking and walking AND kicking transit out of the highway trust fund. We need a transportation bill to meet 2012 needs, not 1950 needs.
HR 7 doesn’t invest wisely. Federal transportation laws should invest our finite resources in cost-effective, efficient infrastructure solutions that create jobs and keep the economy moving. The House bill eliminates walking and biking, despite the fact that walking and bicycling infrastructure is low-cost and creates more jobs per dollar than any other kind of highway funding.
HR 7 makes streets more dangerous for kids. By repealing the successful and effective Safe Routes to School program, the House bill makes the streets more dangerous for kids on their walks and bike rides to school.

Congress needs to know that that finding effective, efficient transportation solutions to keep people safe on the streets should be a national priority. Please contact your representative and senators today.
Thank you for all that you do to keep the streets safe!

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Old 02-09-12, 12:18 PM
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Here is a great link. It's easy, just full in the blanks to send an email to your representative. And if you can personalize the email a bit. https://support.railstotrails.org/Save_Trails
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Originally Posted by zzOtherlandzz View Post
Here is a great link. It's easy, just full in the blanks to send an email to your representative. And if you can personalize the email a bit. https://support.railstotrails.org/Save_Trails
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Originally Posted by zzOtherlandzz View Post
Here is a great link. It's easy, just full in the blanks to send an email to your representative. And if you can personalize the email a bit. https://support.railstotrails.org/Save_Trails
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Originally Posted by zzOtherlandzz View Post
Here is a great link. It's easy, just full in the blanks to send an email to your representative. And if you can personalize the email a bit. https://support.railstotrails.org/Save_Trails
The last time I contacted my Senator regarding the transportation bill I got a form letter back a few weeks later that indicated no one had even read what I wrote. Criminy, it's not like I'm living in CA or NY where the Senators have tens of millions of constituents. I would have thought that some clerk could read and respond appropriately.

I will give it another go. Thanks for the heads-up.
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I sent an email to my US senator and Representative. I also called the representatives office. Basically i ride a bike and need safer streets
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
The last time I contacted my Senator regarding the transportation bill I got a form letter back a few weeks later that indicated no one had even read what I wrote. Criminy, it's not like I'm living in CA or NY where the Senators have tens of millions of constituents. I would have thought that some clerk could read and respond appropriately.

I will give it another go. Thanks for the heads-up.
I received an automated reply(probably some type of dumb form letter that politicians like to keep on hand to shut people up) thanking me for contacting them. There wasn't anything about their position on the issue.
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