Trail users in Washington, D.C.
Speak Up for Walking and Biking:
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is launching an exciting online effort to prioritize walking and biking in our nation's transportation agenda. At a time when global climate change and high gas prices challenge our collective way of life, many individuals are beginning to realize that walking and biking provide real alternatives to driving to get where we're going.
Calls for more opportunities to walk and bike are becoming louder, more pervasive and more compelling. From communities across the country writing and acting on bicycle and pedestrian plans all the way up to the U.S. House of Representatives passing a resolution recognizing the importance of biking, the time is right for us as a nation to value all modes of transportation.
As a first step, we ask that you help us create a groundswell of local activity around walking and biking. Over time, such activity will resonate throughout our communities and up to the highest levels of government.
E-mail your mayor and ask what is happening locally to promote walking and biking. If you already have some knowledge, great! Hone your message to reflect this. If a trail is currently under construction, ask when it will be completed. If you know a trail has been stalled due to funding difficulties, ask what is being done to secure additional funding.
By writing your mayor, you send him or her a message that active transportation should be a high priority in your community.
Your mayor's e-mail address should not be hard to find. Nearly every town or city has a Web site, from which your mayor's e-mail can be found.
Below is a sample message that you can copy-and-paste to send to your mayor. Be sure to fill in your mayor's name, and include your name and contact information so you can hear back.
Dear Mayor ____,
I'm writing because I'm interested in more opportunities to walk or bike to get where I'm going around town. Adding to climate change concerns, high gas prices are now making it more and more difficult to drive everywhere.
I would love to see more people from all around town walking and biking for short (and maybe even longer!) trips. I hope that you are working to provide more safe and accessible places to walk and ride.
I look forward to hearing about what you are doing to promote walking and biking.
If you hear back with interesting information, please let us know! Please forward any noteworthy responses to email@example.com so that we can track active transportation developments across the country.