Letters to Congress: Bike Summit Edition

The League of American Bicyclists is currently hosting the 2015 National Bike Summit in Washington, DC.  Here are the main issues they’re talking to Congress about today.  For those of us that can’t be there, they’ve got a campaign up at bikeleague.org to email our representatives–here are the slightly-fleshier versions I sent instead of the default texts.

House edition:

Today participants of the National Bike Summit are on Capitol Hill to highlight the critical issues facing bicyclists in communities across the country. As your constituent, I encourage you to support the Vision Zero Act, HR 1274, an innovative strategy to bring roadways death to zero. You can read more about the Vision Zero Act here: http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/VZ_FAQ.pdf — As we here in Pittsburgh push our local leaders to adopt a Vision Zero plan for the City, it would be a great help to know that we have the backing of our friends in Washington.

Additionally, I hope that we can count on your office’s support for continued–even, if possible, expanded–funding for bicycling and walking as part of a multi-modal federal transportation program. Please encourage your colleagues in the Senate to support the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, which will ensure greater local control over transportation funding decisions and priorities for these program funds. You can read more about the TAPIA here: http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/TAPIA_FAQ.pdf

Senate edition:

Today participants of the National Bike Summit are on Capitol Hill to highlight the critical issues facing bicyclists in communities across the country. As your constituent, I encourage you to support the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, which will ensure greater local control over transportation funding decisions and priorities for these program funds. You can read more about the TAPIA here: http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/TAPIA_FAQ.pdf

I hope, too, that you will encourage your colleagues in the House to support the Vision Zero Act, HR 1274, an innovative strategy to bring roadways death to zero. You can read more about the Vision Zero Act here: http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/VZ_FAQ.pdf — As we here in Pittsburgh, and in cities across Pennsylvania, push our local leaders to adopt a Vision Zero plan for the City, it would be a great help to know that we have the backing of our friends in Washington.

Check out the links above and feel free to use these templates to send your own message to your Representative and Senators.

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