We’re Going To DC, And You’re Coming With Us!

Read on for information on how you can be part of our virtual lobby day!

Next week is the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. MassBike is leading a group of Massachusetts advocates to lobby for more funding and federal support for bicycling in MA. The advocacy action should be fast and furious, MassBike Executive Director David Watson will be tweeting updates live from the Summit, follow us on Twitter (or follow along on our website).

Earlier this week, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced a groundbreaking new bill to support bicycling and walking: the Active Community Transportation Act (H.R.4722) creates a competitive grant program with $2 Billion 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. And one of the seven original sponsors of the bill is Massachusetts’ own Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA)!

This new bill gives you the opportunity to do more than just hear about what we’re doing at the Summit – you get to participate in a critically important way. On Thursday, March 11th, while we are visiting Congress in person, we need you to call your own Congressperson and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 4722, the Active Community Transportation Act, introduced by Congressman Blumenauer. When you call, you can use these talking 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 not only reduce congestion, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and our dependence on oil, but will also improve physical activity, 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.
  • Please co-sponsor the Active Community Transportation Act (H.R.4722). Or, if Mike Capuano is your Representative, just say “thanks” for sponsoring the bill.

Here are the phone numbers for all the Massachusetts Congresspeople:

District Rep Name Office Number
1 Rep. Olver, John [D] 202-225-5335
2 Rep. Neal, Richard [D] 202-225-5601
3 Rep. McGovern, James [D] 202-225-6101
4 Rep. Frank, Barney [D] 202-225-5931
5 Rep. Tsongas, Niki [D] 202-225-3411
6 Rep. Tierney, John [D] 202-225-8020
7 Rep. Markey, Edward [D] 202-225-2836
8 Rep. Capuano, Michael [D] 202-225-5111
9 Rep. Lynch, Stephen [D] 202-225-8273
10 Rep. Delahunt, William [D] 202-225-3111

Don’t who your Congressperson is? Click here and enter your address to find out.

Please don’t forget to call on Thursday, March 11th, to be part of the National Bike Summit Lobby Day.

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3 Responses to We’re Going To DC, And You’re Coming With Us!

  1. David Pratt March 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    I’m a member from Leominster, MA and just want to report that I made a call to Rep. John Olver’s office today. We need infrastructure support out here for biking and walking. The roads can be quite difficult and dangerous to negotiate, the only bike lane I’ve seen is on Grove Street which is one of the steepest hills in town, and there are many areas of the city that only have partial side walks.

    So I will be working and watching to see that improvements are made. Increased funding, wherever it is applied, can only help to build more political momentum for changes in cities like mine.

    • David March 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

      David, thanks for making the effort – and I can tell you that Congress got the message! While we were making the rounds of Congress that day, staff told me that they were getting calls.

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