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T4America: Tell Congress to support safe streets for bicyclists and pedestrians

A message from Transportation for America:

In the last 15 years, 76,000 Americans have been killed while walking or simply crossing the street.

But help could be on the way. Rep. Earl Blumenauer just introduced a piece of legislation that would create a $2 billion grant program to fund safe networks for biking and walking.

And this week, more than 700 bike advocates are descending on Capitol Hill to drum up strong support for the program.

We have to back them up: Send a letter to your representative urging them to co-sponsor the Active Community Transportation Act (H.R. 4722).

This bill is a no-brainer. It will make America's roadways safer, create jobs, reduce traffic congestion, cut emissions, and promote healthy living. It even pays for itself - as we make biking and walking safer and more accessible, we save billions of dollars on reduced healthcare, gasoline, and environmental costs.

And if we build it, they will come! Half of all trips taken in the United States could be accomplished with just a 20-minute bike ride, and a quarter are within a 20-minute walk. We need to make it safer and easier to make those trips on bike or foot. Polls have shown that Americans think their cities and communities should be more walkable.

Let's get America back on its feet! Send a message to your representatives asking them to co-sponsor the Active Community Transportation Act.

Sincerely,

Ilana Preuss

National Outreach Director

Transportation for America

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.



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