2011 Lobby Day a Success

US Capitol

Over Two Dozen Represent Virginia Cyclists

Cyclists from across Virginia converged on the Capitol Thursday to let Congress know that Virginians want transportation choices for the Commonwealth.

A broad coalition  from all corners of the state – including bike commuters, recreational cyclists, mountain bikers, bike shop owners and even manufacturers –   expressed support for a comprehensive Transportation Bill that will fund safe walking and riding.

The existing Transportation Enhancement Fund which some congressional members have called on to be eliminated  is the primary funding source for bicycling accommodations today.

The team stressed that giving people the means to ride and walk safely  is smart fiscal policy.  With pressure to eliminate unnecessary federal spending and with the  difficult economy, bicycling and walking are basic forms of transporation that provide many benefits – like decreased highway congestion, health and exercise, environmental benefits and decreased use of increasingly expensive foreign oil – and allow citizens a choice for alternatives to driving their cars.

We emphasized that in lean fiscal times, bicycling means getting back to basics.

The message was well received.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in Washington for this important event.

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