Take cyclists safety seriously
Thread started by gado_gado
at 05.31.11 - 7:17 pm
I got this email from the League of American Bicyclists and wanted to share it:
"Let's end the epidemic of preventable bicycling and pedestrian fatalities
Tell your Representative not to sacrifice the safety of bicyclists or pedestrians
We learned last week, with the release of the League of American Bicyclists Fair Share for Safety from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) report, and Transportation for America’s Dangerous by Design report, that the federal government and many state departments of transportation have made a dangerous choice by prioritizing speeding traffic over the safety of people.
From 2000 to 2009, 47,700 Americans were struck and killed while walking and another 688,000 were injured. Furthermore, since 2009, only half a dozen states actually dedicated Highway Safety Funds specifically to bicycle and pedestrian projects. This is clearly a national problem, as 67 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in the last ten years occurred on federal-aid roads eligible to receive federal funding for improvements.
Congress is currently contemplating the elimination of key bicycle and pedestrian funding programs in the next transportation bill such as, Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and the Recreational Trails program.
Contact your Representative today and tell them that without dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects and the Complete Streets Act of 2011, H.R. 1780, to ensure that all federally funded road projects take into account the needs of all users, states will likely reduce spending for safety features like sidewalks, crosswalks and trails.
Thank you in advance for your help!"
I don't know anything about this fringe group and was wondering what people know about it and opinions.
“This bill will help ensure that our federal transportation investments are creating the safest environment possible for everyone using our roadways,” said Congresswoman Doris Matsui
Can we emphasize "for everyone using our roadways"? Only because I feel we have a great deal of people who forget that people also WALK, so on and so fourth.
05.31.11 - 7:34 pm