Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Congressional Bike Caucus letter on Transportation Bill

As reported by Bike Portland, Congressman Earl Blumenauer on behalf of the Congressional Bike Caucus recently wrote to Congressman Oberstar and Congressman Mica, Chair and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to "express our support for establishing a truly multi-modal national transportation policy that better integrates bicycling and walking into our nation's transportation system."

He went on to write that "Bicycling and walking currently accounts for 10% of all trips made by Americans yet our current Federal investment is closer to 2% of transportation funds. Investing in these modes of transportation creates jobs, saves taxpayers money and helps raise our overall quality of life."

He then asks for committee support to:
  1. Reauthorize the Safe Routes to School Program at a substantially higher level
  2. Include a Complete Streets policy requirement to ensure that roads built using federal transportation dollars are available to all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  3. Create a new Active Transportation Investment Fund
  4. Require data collection of comparable frequency and scope for all modes of transportation
See a copy of the Congressional Bike Caucus letter.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Unlocking Gridlock: Transit and Other Solutions for Northern Virginia

Join FABB and other co-sponsors of a discussion on Tuesday, May 5 on the importance of the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill for Northern Virginia. Presentations will describe how residents can help influence the bill to provide quality transportation and housing options for all northern Virginia residents.

Location: Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Cafeteria, 7134 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, (near West Falls Church Metro) (map)
Time: 6:30 p.m. light refreshments, 7:00 p.m. program begins

Stewart Schwartz, of the Coalition for Smarter Growth and Andy Clarke, of the League of American Bicyclists are featured speakers. See the meeting flier.


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