I feel like I've been buzzed by an SUV while riding my bike well within the bike lane.
You know the sensation - your body shudders and you develop a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. It's not only the disbelief that you could have been injured. You just can't comprehend how a fellow human being could exhibit such complete disregard for your life.
I wasn't out riding my bike when this feeling overcame me - I was reading a list of the top ten problems with the proposed House transportation bill.
I honestly can't believe that GOP members of the House can be so callous toward constituents who choose to walk, ride bikes, or take public transportation. The bill reads as if they have a vendetta against anyone who is not driving a car - including kids walking to school, pedestrians in crosswalks, and just about anyone who would like to breathe clean air within city limits.
In case you just glossed over what I wrote - GOP congressmen do not believe that your kids require Safe Routes To Schools. This inexpensive and successful partnership that has helped identity, create, and promote safe routes for your children to walk or ride their bikes has been lined out. Cancelled. Eliminated. Repealed. The party of no, no way, and hell no have just given your kids the bird. I guess they're counting on them not remembering by the time they become old enough to vote...
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Every hard fought, progressive policy guideline advanced by forward-thinking urban planners has been scrapped. Traffic calming - gone. Unsafe rumble strips - back. Utilization of experts - disallowed. Funds for bicycling infrastructure - eliminated. Rail trails - on their own. Safe bridges - non-essential. Clean air - let's just add more expressway lanes. Sidewalks, crosswalks, bikeways - slashed to save a whopping 1%.
I seriously believe that the GOP outsources the drafting of its legislation to lobbyists from special interest groups. Who else would purposely eliminate every other constituent from receiving funding? You can't tell me that there are no pedestrians, cyclists, or public transportation patrons in red districts. No parents of school age children?
The video by Andy Clarke from the League of American Bicyclists will let you know exactly what you can do to help restore funding for kids walking to school, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Thanks for your help!
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