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Action Alert from Bike Texas!

March 11, 2010

Today, March 11
Please call or email your Member of Congress today and
request that they sponsor this important legislation – HR 4722!

Texas Cyclists-

Today, BikeTexas is in Washington, D.C. with a group of 16 Texans, and more than 700 cycling advocates from around the country, for the National Bike Summit. You can play an important role in the summit’s success by lending your support for an exciting piece of bicycle-friendly legislation that was recently introduced in Congress.
The Active Community Transportation Act (H.R.4722) creates a $2 billion grants program to help communities build bicycling and walking networks. For the first time, communities would be able to compete for multi-year funding to build active transportation systems, just as they do for transit and road infrastructure.

Today, our Texas delegation at the summit will meet with the office of Texas Senator John Cornyn, as well as the offices of almost every member of the Texas Congressional Delegation. Please call or email your Member of Congress to urge their support for H.R. 4722 – and to ask them to co-sponsor the bill. The combined effort of our in-person meetings and your home district advocacy will show that Texans really care about this bill.

Here are some key points:

  • Bicycling and walking are part of the solution.
  • Half of all trips in the United States are three miles or less, yet the majority of these short trips are made by car. Shifting more of these short trips to biking and walking would reduce congestion, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on oil while improving our communities’ health, safety, and livability.
  • Investing in bicycling and walking infrastructure works. Commuting by bicycle has increased 43 percent since 2000 – and by 69 percent in designated Bicycle Friendly Communities that have invested in infrastructure improvements.

To find the name and contact information for your Congressperson.

As always, thank you for your bicycle advocacy!

Sincerely,

Robin Stallings
Executive Director, BikeTexas

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