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Action Alert!

Action Alert: Contact Senator Nichols

Lunes 22 de Abril de 2013 12:45

We need your help! Complete Streets (SB 565) and Safe Passing (SB 1515) have not yet been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee. Time is running out for these bills in the legislative session.

Senator Robert Nichols of District 3 is the Transportation Committee Chair. If you live in Sen. Nichols' district, you have influence that advocates in the rest of the state do not. If you do not live in District 3, please do not contact the Senator. Everyone will have a chance to contact his/her Senator as soon as this bill passes from the Committee to the full Senate. Until then, hold tight! Not sure what district you're in? Find your senator here.

TAKE ACTION NOW:

  • Call or email Sen. Nichols' office now and ask him to schedule a hearing for SB 565 and SB 1515: (512) 463-0103 or Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla .
  • BikeTexas has found the following format to be most effective when communicating with elected officials:

1. My name is _____ and I live in District 3.

2. My occupation is _____.

3. I (or my spouse/child/parent) ride a bicycle.

4. Will Senator Nichols grant a hearing on SB 565 and SB 1515?

  • Be polite. Thank the staff for their time. They field hundreds of angry calls every day, so let's make sure cyclists stand out by being courteous. Giving the staffers and the senator a positive impression of Texas cyclists could be the difference in getting the bills passed!
  • Please take a moment to contact us ( Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla ) to let us know you reached Sen. Nichols and what the response was.

ACT NOW so Complete Streets and Safe Passing can progress before time runs out on the session. Thank you for making Texas a great place to bike and walk!

 

Action Alert: Contact House Transportation Committee Members TODAY

Lunes 22 de Abril de 2013 12:09

A motorist passes a cyclist safely.Complete Streets (HB 1102) and Safe Passing (HB 2225) have both had their initial hearing in the House Transportation Committee. We're hoping these bills will come up for a vote in the House Transportation Committee tomorrow, April 23. We need your help!

Listed below are those representatives who have not yet confirmed a YES vote for Complete Streets and Safe Passing. If any of these committee members represent you, please contact him or her TODAY to ask for his/her vote on Complete Streets and Safe Passing.

Not sure who represents you? Go here to find your representative.

If your representative isn't listed, hold tight! There will be time for everyone to act as soon as we get these bills out of committee.

Rep. Larry Phillips (Committee Chairman), District 62

Rep. Cindy Burkett, District 113

Rep. Yvonne Davis, District 111

Rep. Bobby Guerra, District 41

TAKE ACTION NOW:

  • Call or email your representative’s office now and ask for his/her support for HB 1102 and HB 2225.
  • Each member’s name above is a link to his/her page with a phone number and email form. NOTE: Please call the Austin office, not the district office.
  • BikeTexas has found the following format to be most effective when communicating with elected officials:

1. My name is _____ and I live in District _____.

2. My occupation is _____.

3. I (or my spouse/child/parent) ride a bicycle.

4. Will Rep. _____ vote Yes on Complete Streets and Safe Passing?

  • Be polite. Thank the staff for their time. They field hundreds of angry calls every day, so let's make sure cyclists stand out by being courteous. Giving the staffers and the representative a positive impression of Texas cyclists could be the difference in getting the bills passed!
  • Please take a moment to contact us ( Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla ) and let us know if you've reached your Representative's office and how they respond. ACT NOW so Complete Streets and Safe Passing can move out of committee and on to the full House before time runs out on the session.

If none of these are your representative, please do not contact them! Elected officials respond to their own constituents. Don't worry; there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone in Texas to contact their representatives and senators soon!

Thank you for making Texas a great place to bike and walk!

   

Action Alert: Complete Streets and Safe Passing Hearing in House Transportation Committee on April 9

Viernes 05 de Abril de 2013 10:32

BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings testified to the House Transportation Committee in the 2011 Session.Great news! Complete Streets (HB 1102) and Safe Passing (HB 2225) have both been scheduled for a hearing in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, April 9. We’re thrilled that both of these bills have reached the next step toward coming to a vote. Now you can help get them out of committee and onto the House floor!

Some members of the Transportation Committee are not yet ready to vote “Yes” on these bills. If any of these Transportation Committee members are your representative, please contact them immediately to ask them to vote Yes for Complete Streets and Safe Passing:

Rep. Larry Phillips (Committee Chairman), District 62 

Rep. Cindy Burkett, District 113 

Rep. Allen Fletcher, District 130 

Rep. Bobby Guerra, District 41 

Rep. George Lavender, District 1 

Rep. Joe Pickett, District 79 

Rep. Debbie Riddle, District 150 

TAKE ACTION NOW:

  • Call or email your representative’s office now and ask for his/her support for HB 1102 and HB 2225.
  • Each member’s name above is a link to his/her page with a phone number and email form. NOTE: Please call the Austin office, not the district office.
  • BikeTexas has found the following format to be most effective when communicating with elected officials:

1. My name is _____ and I live in District _____.

2. My occupation is _____.

3. I (or my spouse/child/parent) ride a bicycle.

4. Will Rep. _____ vote Yes on Complete Streets and Safe Passing?

  • Be polite. Thank the staff for their time. They field hundreds of angry calls every day, so let's make sure cyclists stand out by being courteous. Giving the staffers and the representative a positive impression of Texas cyclists could be the difference in getting the bills passed!
  • Please take a moment to contact us ( Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla ) and let us know if you've reached your Representative's office and how they respond. ACT NOW so Complete Streets and Safe Passing can come to a vote before time runs out on the session.

If these are not your representatives, please do not contact them! Elected officials respond to their own constituents. Don't worry; there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone in Texas to contact their representatives and senators soon!

Thank you for making Texas a great place to bike and walk!

   

URGENT: Sen. Hutchison Needs to Hear From You Today

Viernes 22 de Junio de 2012 11:51

ActionAlert

Earlier this week we thought the transportation conference was dead and we were headed for another extension. 

Over the last two days, Senate and House leadership decided to push for a bill by June 30, directing the Transportation Conference Committee to go into serious negotiations for a final bill. Top on their agenda: working out an agreement on bike/ped funding. 

Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison sits on the Conference Committee, and has been a key supporter of biking and walking in the past. She needs to hear from you to continue pushing for the initiatives that make Texas safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
 
Can you call Senator Hutchison's Office right now?
 
Washington, DC: 202-224-5922  | Abilene: 325-676-2839  |  Austin: 512-916-5834 
Dallas: 214-361-3500  |  Houston: 713-653-3456  |  San Antonio: 210-340-2885 
 
Email: Click here 
 
Your ask: Will the Senator work to maintain the Cardin-Cochran agreement and ensure that Transportation Alternatives does not allow states to opt-out of local control over local transportation projects, including biking and walking improvements?
 
We've shown that 83% of Americans support maintaining or increasing federal funding for biking and walking.  
We've demonstrated that biking and walking projects effectively create more jobs with fewer federal dollars than other transportation projects. 
 
Your support has been critical to getting to where we are now: down to the wire and still with the possibility to save biking and walking. 

Personal emails and phone calls have a huge impact - much more so than form letters. Your phone call and email to Senator Hutchison should:

  • Thank the Senator for her consistent support of multi-modal transportation, including key support of the provisions in the Cardin-Cochran amendment.
  • Ask the Senator to maintain the Cardin-Cochran agreement and ensure that Transportation Alternatives not allow states to opt-out of local control over local transportation projects, including biking and walking improvements.
  • Include if possible a story or reason why support for bicycle or pedestrian transportation -- on roads, trails, or as part of Safe Routes to School -- are personally important to you.

 

As America Bikes reported today, the impending June 30 deadline means that Conferees will have to finish their report by Wednesday next week. Once a conference report is written it is impossible to change it. Congress can only vote yes or no on a conference report -- there is no amendment process. Its almost impossible for a transportation bill to get voted down at that stage. The final chance for public input is right now.

 

Please Contact Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison ASAP

Representatives Eddie-Bernice Johnson (Dallas) and Ralph Hall (Rockwall) also sit on the conference committee. If you live in either of those districts please contact them as well. If we know you are a constituent we will send a second email shortly.

 

Thank you for taking the time to stand up for bicycling and walking in Texas. 

   

ACTION ALERT 6/12/12: Contact Senator Hutchison ASAP

Lunes 11 de Junio de 2012 16:37

To all Texas bicycle supporters:

Developments last week on the federal transportation bill are ominous and threaten to completely eliminate programs that fund trails, walking and bicycling. Right now, the Senate must hold the line in negotiations on the next federal transportation bill, and you are the key to convincing Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to stand strong for Texas.

As reported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, last Thursday evening, the House conferees delivered a countermeasure to the Senate offer. The Senate version had retained the compromises already reached on Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails. But the House response demands further evisceration of these programs, eliminating even the downsized pot of money available to them. On top of that, it gives each state's governor (a euphemism for Department of Transportation) the option of eliminating these programs altogether.

What you can do:
Please Contact Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison ASAP

> Phone: 202-224-5922    > Email: Click here

Personal emails and phone calls have a huge impact - much more so than form letters. Your phone call or email to Senator Hutchison should:

    • Thank the Senator for her consistent support of multi-modal transportation, including key support of the provisions in the Cardin-Cochran amendment to MAP-21.
    • Ask the Senator to reject the House position and stand strong for the Senate's solution to fully restore biking and walking programs.
    • Include if possible a story or reason why support for bicycle or pedestrian transportation -- on roads, trails, or as part of Safe Routes to School -- are personally important to you.

Thank you for making a difference.

   

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