Monday, February 27, 2012

Support Active Transportation and Safe Routes to School!

Dear Active Transportation Supporter,

Please Attend one of the upcoming Regional Council meetings and voice your support for Active Transportation!

The public comment period for the Southern California Association of Governments' (SCAG) Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) ended February 14th.  However, it is still vitally important that SCAG Regional Council Members hear your voice in support of Active Transportation.  Over the next several weeks Council Members will be debating specific aspects of the RTP/SCS and we will be working hard to ensure that our asks are met.

The current draft of the RTP/SCS only includes 1.3 percent of the funding for Active transportation despite the fact that 21 percent of the trips are bicycling and walking trips and 25 percent of the fatalities are suffered by people walking and bicycling.  In addition, the Southern California Region suffers from a 24 percent obesity rate.  The funding for active transportation in the RTP/SCS needs to be increased!  Likewise, 80 percent of the funding for Active Transportation in the 2012 Draft RTP/SCS is not available until after 2026.  We feel that this is too long to wait for the benefits of active transportation.

What you can do:
  1. Read the these talking points on our blog.
  2. Attend one of the upcoming SCAG Regional Council Meetings (March 1 or March 21).
  3. Contact Your Regional Council Member and express your support for Active Transportation.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Regional Council and Policy Committees Meeting
SCAG Los Angeles Board Room

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Joint Regional Council and Policy Committees RTP/SCS Special Workshop
SCAG Los Angeles Board Room
Available also via Videoconference

Thanks again to all of you who signed our comment letter!
Rye Baerg

1 comment:

  1. Moving Company Aucklandsays that Active transport to school initiatives are designed to encourage to take several forms, including KidsWalk, Walk to School, Walking School Bus, and Safe Routes to School. They may involve urban-design elements and practices, land-use policies and practices to improve conditions for active transport, and non-infrastructure activities, such as walking programs. This strategy can be implemented at elementary, middle, and high schools.