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Cyclegram: Victories And Threats For Bicycling, All In The Same Week

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February 1, 2012
Breaking News!  DRPA listened & designates $350k to design ramp for the Ben Franklin Bridge. Details here.
Newest House Transportation Bill Straps Dynamite To Bicycling And Pedestrian Funding
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The House plan for bicycle funding
The House's transportation bill was released, and it is worse than predicted. Among the low-lights (more information on our blog):
  • Eliminates Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School.
  • Eliminates state DOT bicycle/pedestrian coordinator positions.
  • Allows states to build bridges without considering pedestrian and bicyclist access.

What you can do: Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) and Tim Johnson (R-Ill) will introduce an amendment Thursday to restore TE and SRTS funding to H.R. 7, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012.  Reps. Pat Meehan (PA-7) and Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2) sit on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and will vote on the amendment.

 

If either is your Congressman, call their office and write them encouraging them to vote YES on the Petri/Johnson amendment in Thursday's Committee vote. You can also tweet at them (@repmeehan @replobiondo).

Safe Routes Philly Finds A New Partner In Bicycle Safety: Students Themselves
Three high school seniors get a workshop in teaching bicycle safety
Our Safe Routes Philly* program is building the School District of Philadelphia's capacity to teach bicycle and pedestrian safety in elementary schools. We are doing this by working directly with educators, giving them the resources and knowledge to implement our curriculum this year and in years to come. To date, more than 200 Philadelphia educators have received our training.
 
The program's success is starting to manifest itself in another way: students are seeking us out. In January, three seniors from the Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) in South Philly contacted us about teaching bicycling safety as their senior service project.
 
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Three high school seniors with Steve and Diana from Safe Routes Philly
Steve and Diana met the trio for a two-hour Saturday workshop which ranged from the basics of bicycle safety to theory on urban riding. All three seniors are Philly born and raised, and use bicycles to get around their hometown. They were as curious about urban riding for themselves as they were on behalf of their senior project.
 
The result of this collaboration? Jose, Santino, and Jeremy taught two bicycle safety lessons to over 50 GAMP fifth graders. You can read more about our partnership with Jose, Santino, and Jeremy on our blog.
 
Safe Routes Philly is just one of the many ways we are improving our quality of life in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Building schools' capacity to teach bicycle and pedestrian safety will make our children safer, healthier, and more eager to explore their city by foot and by bike. That in turn will make Philadelphia a better place to live. 

 

*Safe Routes Philly is made possible by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tonight! See A Possible New Future For South Philly Streetscapes
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Interested in seeing South Philly streets redesigned with bicycles and pedestrians in mind? Come out tonight for a public meeting to see and comment on such designs!

 

We're working with the Community Design Collaborative to make South Philly streets safer and more enjoyable for pedestrians and bicyclists. We held an initial public meeting in November, and now the CDC design team is ready to reveal its preliminary designs (and get more community feedback).
 
Public Meeting for Redesigned South Philly Streetscapes
Wednesday, February 1st
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Guerin Recreation Center (1600 Jackson Street, Phila PA 19145)
 
Check our blog for more information about the meeting and a recap if you cannot make it. The final concepts will be presented in April, but that's not stopping this collaboration from drawing some early press.
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