Nationwide bicycle/pedestrian "Call Congress" day today (Feb 10th)

Several national bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups are organizing a coordinated "Call Congress" advocacy event starting later today, Tuesday, Feb 10th, 2009.

The event is designed to harness the power of millions of us around the country who believe that bicycling and walking should get a fair share of billions of dollars of transportation funds proposed in the pending economic recovery bill before Congress.

It's designed to give a constructive outlet to those of us who are worried about the effects of billions of dollars of "highway-only" funding--most of it to be spent according to priorities of traffic engineers at state DOTs--if Congress does not put some reasonable parameters on how that money is spent.

If we keep spending transportation money the way we have done the last 75 years, we'll get a lot more of a transportation system just like the one we have now--one that is not accommodating for bicycling and walking.

Keep in mind that federal money currently goes to fund most of the main streets and highways in every city and town in the U.S. So we're just talking about funding for rural interstates here--we're talking about the funding for most of the main streets and highways in every city in the U.S.

In short, we're talking about spending billions of new dollars, and spending them in exactly the way that resulted in the roads in your city or town that are exactly the worst, least inviting, and most dangerous for bicycling and walking.

We need to put a stop to that old-fashioned way of doing things right now.

If you want to get an early look at the issue, take a look at the League of American Bicyclists "Contact Congress" page on the issue here.

If you'd like to prime your phone or fax machine, here is the complete list of Missouri members of Congress along with phone, fax, and online email submission pages:
Message: "I support a fair share for bicycling and walking in transportation funding. Please support Transportation Enhancements in the Economic Recovery bill when it goes to conference committee."

Senator McCaskill
Phone (202) 224-6154
Fax (202) 228-6326

Senator Bond
Phone 202-224-5721
Fax 202-224-8149

1st District:
Rep. Lacy Clay
Phone: (202) 225-2406
Fax: (202) 225-1725

2nd District:
Rep. Todd Akin
Phone: (202) 225-2561
Fax: (202) 225-2563

3rd District:
Rep. Russ Carnahan
Phone: (202) 225-2671
Fax: (202) 225-7452

4th District:
Rep. Ike Skelton
Phone: (202) 225-2876
Fax: (202) 225-2695

5th District:
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
phone: 202-225-4535
fax: 202-225-4403

6th District:
Rep. Sam Graves
Phone: (202) 225-7041
Fax: (202) 225-8221

7th District:
Roy Blunt
Phone: (202) 225-6536
Fax: (202) 225-5604

8th District:
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson
(202) 225-4404
Fax: (202) 226-0326;=C&chamber;=H

9th District:
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer
Phone: (202) 225-2956
Fax: (202) 225-5712