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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
02/17/2009

CONTACT:
Jennifer Kaleba, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
202.974.5143 (office)
jennifer@railstotrails.org


BOSTON REGION TO RALLY AROUND ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Plans for Trails and Bikeways Inspire Public Support

Washington, D.C.—Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), in partnership with the City of Somerville and other communities along the Mystic River, will host an "active transportation" town hall meeting at Tufts University in Somerville, Mass., Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

RTC will describe its national campaign to elevate trails, walking and bicycling as federal transportation priorities, while Somerville representatives will discuss locally designed campaign initiatives to make the community more pedestrian-friendly, including a recent announcement by the Executive Office of Transportation that it will fully fund the Community Path Extension from Somerville into Cambridge and Boston. Community members will have the opportunity to get involved in efforts at both these levels to help make the Boston area a world-class region for bicycling and walking.

RTC's 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation aims to provide dozens of communities across the country, including Somerville, with focused strategic federal investments to build active transportation systems to shift car trips to bicycling and walking. As part of this campaign, local leaders have developed a vision for the future of bicycling and walking in the Boston region. The goal is to make it safer and more convenient to walk, bike and take transit to get around town.

Speakers and attendees will include Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and City Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Stephen Winslow, and RTC Northeast Regional Director Tom Sexton, Northeast Manger of Trail Development Carl Knoch, National Policy Outreach Manager Kartik Sribarra.

What: "Active Transportation in the Boston Region"
Where: Tufts University (Barnum Hall, Room 104), College Avenue, Somerville/Medford, Mass.
When: Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Why: To learn about and coordinate efforts to make the Mystic Valley and the Boston region a better place to live, work and play through more walking and biking.

RSVP to Jennifer Kaleba (jennifer@railstotrails.org or 202-974-5143).


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more information visit www.railstotrails.org.


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