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District Office Visits May Be Needed as U.S. Transportation Bill Goes to Conference

Wednesday, November 11 2015 10:30

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You did it! Thank you for calling and emailing your U.S. Representatives in response to the Action Alert last week. The anti-bike and anti-active-transportation amendments were defeated, and the House transportation bill passed on Thursday. 

We're not done yet! Now, the transportation bills from the House and the Senate go to conference where the two chambers work out the differences between the bills. The Senate bill is stronger than the House bill at this point for people who walk or ride bikes. Keep an eye out for more action on these bills over the next couple of weeks. 

Three Texas Representatives are on the conference committee: Brian Babin (R-36, Woodville), Blake Farenthold (R-27, Corpus Christi), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-30, Dallas). Do you live or work in one of these districts? We may need constituents to make district office visits. Let us know if you can stop by your representative's office this week.

Not sure who your representative is? Find out here.

Thank you for making Texas-- and the nation!-- a great place to ride a bike.

 

U.S. House Passes Transportation Bill With Bike/Ped Funding

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You did it! Thank you for calling and emailing your U.S. Representatives in response to the Action Alert earlier this week. The anti-bike and anti-active-transportation amendments were defeated, and the House transportation bill passed on Thursday. 

We're not done yet! Now, the transportation bills from the House and the Senate go to conference where the two chambers work out the differences between the bills. The Senate bill is stronger than the House bill at this point for people who walk or ride bikes. Three Texas representatives are on the conference committee: Brian Babin (R-36), Blake Farenthold (R-27), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-30). Keep an eye out for more action on these bills over the next couple of weeks.

A huge thanks to our friends at the League of American Bicyclists for working so hard on Capitol Hill to keep members of Congress thinking about active transportation and to keep the rest of us informed! Read more about the House action this week on the League's blog.

   

Vote Texas 2015: Proposition 7

Wednesday, October 21 2015 11:50

texas capitolEarly voting has begun in Texas, and among the many propositions for Texas voters is Proposition 7, which will allocate more funding to TxDOT if passed. 
 
Proposition 7 reads, "The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt." Learn more about Proposition 7 here.
 
This proposition provides no specific funding for active transportation infrastructure; however, we see no language in the measure that would prevent TxDOT from following its own guidance for considering all road users in a project. Therefore, BikeTexas is neutral on Proposition 7.
 
As ever, BikeTexas strongly encourages all Texans to exercise their right to vote and have your say in Texas' future. Find out where to vote, what else is on your ballot, and more at votetexas.gov.
   

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BikeTexas is a nonprofit partner of Earthshare, who works with Reliant Energy to support nonprofits across Texas every time a Texas customer purchases a carbon offset. BikeTexas receives a portion of those donations. Learn more about the carbon offset program and sign up here!

BikeTexas is proud to partner with organizations who are making a difference across Texas. Thank you for supporting EarthShare of Texas!

 

 

 

   

Public Meeting: Submit Comments to TxDOT for the Unified Transportation Program

Wednesday, July 15 2015 15:31

TxDOT is seeking public input for the Unified Transportation Program
Attend online or at your TxDOT District Office TOMORROW, Thursday, July 16
 
 
Participation from people who ride bikes in Texas is valuable and effective at these meetings-- TxDOT incorporated a significant number of comments submitted by bike/ped advocates during the comment periods for previous long-range plans. TxDOT staff has also remarked about the high and professional level of bike/ped advocate attendance at these public meetings.
 
In fact, high levels of participation from people who ride bikes has strained the TxDOT servers during online meetings in the past. It's critical that we continue to be involved in this planning process so TxDOT knows that we aren't going away. The UTP provides long-term guidance that can either ensure or prevent bike/ped funding and infrastructure in our transportation system.
 
 
Here are some topics to consider offering comments about at the meeting. If any one resonates with you, let TxDOT know! More info can be found at the links:
 
As always, thank you for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!
   

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