Thursday, May 27, 2010

URGENT: National surge to pass Complete Streets tomorrow at 12 p.m. EDT

"The National Complete Streets Coalition has created a template to make it easy for advocates to take part in this national surge, directing them to urge their representatives to co-sponsor the Complete Streets Act of 2009. The Coalition asks that, while advocates are pedaling to meet the Secretary, leaders across the country distribute this action alert as widely as possible."

This message comes from WalkBikeBerks parent organization Alliance for Biking and Walking. Read the message below and click on the link to go directly to the National Complete Street Coalition's website and enter your zip code where indicated. Your representatives will be sent a letter urging them to Co-Sponsor the Complete Streets Act of 2009 or thanking them for already supporting this act.

Think of the roads in your community that are NOT Complete Streets and how this Act could improve the quality of life for all users of our roadways in Berks County! Send this to everyone you know and urge them to contact their representatives via this link.



"On Friday May 28th, the National Complete Streets Coalition is thrilled to join with Transportation for America, America Bikes, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership to bicycle down Pennsylvania Avenue, America’s main street, and publicly express our thanks to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for all his hard work to make sure that walking and biking are on equal footing with other modes for safety, convenience, and accessibility.

DOT’s new policy is a step forward, but if we’re going to make our streets safer for all users, we need Congress to change federal law to make complete streets the standard — not the exception. Only through a strong federal complete streets policy can we end the project-by-project fight for safer roads for people who are bicycling, walking, and taking public transportation.

Join us in support of complete streets and take action: Tell your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Complete Streets Act of 2009! []

The Complete Streets Act would ensure that future federally funded transportation projects take into account the needs of everyone using the roads – old and young, bicycle riders and drivers, pedestrians and public transportation users.

We are making great progress, but we need your help: Tell your representatives that you value streets designed for all modes – that includes bicycling, as well as walking and taking public transportation. []

National Bike Month has been an exciting chance to celebrate and encourage more active transportation. Thanking Secretary LaHood will be a great way to end a landmark month.

Thank you in advance for taking action!"

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