Friday, March 13, 2009

Congressional lobby visits

FABB joined the Virginia Bicycle Federation and Bike Summit participants on Capital Hill yesterday to lobby for better bike facilities. Allen Muchnick, VBF President, scheduled visits with legislative staff for members of Congress representing Northern Virginia: Rep. Frank Wolf, Rep. Gerry Connolly, and Rep. Jim Moran. We asked that the representatives support the Complete Streets Act of 2009, and the Clean, Low Emission, Affordable, New Transportation Efficiency Act (CLEAN TEA), both of which will help provide safe, convenient facilities for bicycle transportation. We will track these bills as they work their way through Congress and will encourage cyclists to contact their Congressional representatives to ask for their support at the appropriate time.

We also discussed implementation of the Bicycle Commuter Tax Provisions, extension of the Mt. Vernon Trail from Rosslyn to the American Leagion Bridge, and a list of N. Va. projects compiled by Allen. Thanks to Allen for arranging the meetings.

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