The day is almost here. Next Thursday, May 17th, advocates from around the state are going to come to Boston, urging their legislators to make biking and walking a priority. If you are interested in coming to the Summit, please RSVP by Monday, May 14th (so that we can be sure to have enough food). We also have some exciting news, so please read below for a few updates.
Keynote Speaker Aaron Naparstek
We are pleased to announce that Aaron Naparstek, founder and former editor-in-chief of StreetsBlog, will be giving a lunchtime presentation on the power of local advocates to improve their communities. He is currently a Loeb Fellow at Harvard and has a wealth of experience as a livable streets advocate and community organizer. You can read more about him here.
Because of the nature of the legislative process, we couldn’t be sure until recently what legislation was still going to be in play for the Summit next week. We were happy to announce that the Vulnerable Road Users Bill (H.3079) was given an extension until June 1st. You can read more about our small victory here, but the important thing now is to try to move it out of committee and onto the floor to be passed into law. The other two target bills, Senior Safety Zones (H.1968) and lowering Speed Limits on Local Roads (H.1808), are also still in play and will need our support to keep moving.
Virtual Lobby Day
For those of you who can’t make it to the event, we will be holding a virtual lobby day. Call in or email your legislators urging them to support our bills under consideration, listed above. We will send out an action alert the morning-of with more information, so stay tuned. Don’t know who your legislator is? Find out here.
Where: Massachusetts State House, Nurses’ Hall, Boston
When: Thursday, May 17th 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Before you arrive: Call in to your state legislators’ offices to set up a meeting time.
- 10:00 – 12:00 PM: Check in at Nurses’ Hall, get materials and tips, and meet with your legislators.
- 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Come back to Nurses’ Hall for lunch and a quick presentation.
If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 542-2453. Next week, let’s get Beacon Hill moving!