National Congressional Lobbying Day

Participate in the National Bike Summit's virtual lobbying day from the comfort of your own home or office.

On March 11th bicyclists from around the country will be on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC meeting with Congressional representatives to talk about the importance of bicycling for issues like transportation, recreation, public health, and economic development.

Missouri will once again be well represented with a delegation of more than ten private citizens from St. Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia .  Please help us by calling your own Congressional reps on Thursday, March 11th.

Get your Congressional contact info here and then call and say "I am calling in support of Missouri's National Bike Summit delegation in DC today.  Please help us make Missouri a better place to bicycle by co-sponsor the bills that our delegation will explain to you today."  If your rep is already co-sponsor of one of these bills, be sure to say thanks.

1. Complete Streets (House: H.R. 1443 and Senate: S. 584)            
Encourages state transportation departments to do a better job of including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, and the disabled in new transportation projects.  It sets the goal of ensuring that streets are designed and built for all users, not just cars.

Congressmen Russ Carnahan, Emanuel Cleaver,and Lacy Clay are already co-sponsors of H.R. 1443.

2. Safe Routes to School Renewal (Senate: S. 1156)
This successful and popular program to encourge more walking and bicycling to school is up for renewal. Missouri is one of a handful of states with a state-wide Safe Routes network.

Please ask Senators Bond and McCaskill to sign on as co-sponsors of S. 1156.

3. Active Community Transportation - "ACT Act" (House: H.R. 4722)
Creates a competitive grant program to invest in major bicycling/walking facilities and programs in targeted cities.  Thanks to Senataor Kit Bond, this program was piloted right here in Missouri as Get About Columbia and has been very successful.  The ACT Act would take the Columbia pilot project nationwide. St. Louis and Kansas City have both created plans to apply for funding if ACT becomes law.

Congressman Russ Carnahan is already a co-sponsor of H.R. 4722.

4. Urban Revitalization & Livable Communities (House: H.R. 3734)
Urban areas are home 80% of America's population and are in great need of new and renewed park and recreation facilities that would promote better public health and more livable communities.  H.R. 3734 would provide a funding program to help cities develop these facilities, including bicyclie facilities like mountain bike trails.  The Swope Park mountain bike trails in the heart of Kansas City's urban core are an example of types of amenties this bill seeks to encourage.

Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver,and Lacy Clay are already co-sponsors of H.R. 3734.

5. Congressional Bike Caucus (More info)
Ask your Congressperson and Senators to join this voluntary interest group.  This is an easy way they can show support for bicycling.

Todd Akin, Russ Carnahan, Lacy Clay, Emanuel Cleaver, and JoAnn Emerson are already members of the Congressional Bike Caucus.

 


[HIGH PRIORITY ADVOCACY ALERT--PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY THROUGH 12 MARCH 2010]

Today is a National Day of Action in support of our delegates to the
National Bike Summit.

We'll be visiting every one of Missouri's congressional offices today,
visiting with members of Congress and staff about the key priorities for
bicycling and walking that will affect our country's transportation future
for the next six years and beyond.

And YOU can help support our effort--even if you can't visit Washington DC
in person.

A two-minute email or phone call in support is easy and really, really
helps.

Suggested message:

 I am calling in support of Missouri's National Bike Summit
 delegation in DC today.  Please help us make Missouri a
 better place to walk and bicycle by supporting the bills
 that our delegation will explain to you today.

- A phone call takes just a minute or two, is easy, and is VERY effective.

- Everyone is represented by TWO senators and ONE representative--full
list of Missouri's senators & representatives below:

MISSOURI SENATOR
Senator Claire McCaskill
Phone 202-224-6154
Fax 202-228-6326
http://mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=contact

MISSOURI SENATOR
Senator Kit Bond
Phone: (202) 224-5721
http://bond.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.ContactForm


MISSOURI MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

1st District:
Rep. Lacy Clay
Phone: (202) 225-2406
Fax: (202) 225-1725
http://lacyclay.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=90&sectiontree=3,90


2nd District:
Rep. Todd Akin
Phone: (202) 225-2561
Fax: (202) 225-2563
https://forms.house.gov/akin/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm


3rd District:
Rep. Russ Carnahan
Phone: (202) 225-2671
Fax: (202) 225-7452
https://forms.house.gov/carnahan/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm
(Carnahan is one of the original co-sponsors of the Active Community
Transportation - "ACT Act", H.R. 4722.  Please tell him thanks!)


4th District:
Rep. Ike Skelton
Phone: (202) 225-2876
Fax: (202) 225-2695
http://www.house.gov/skelton/email.shtml


5th District:
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
phone: 202-225-4535
fax: 202-225-4403
http://www.house.gov/cleaver/IMA/issue.htm
(Please thank him for his recent support of bicycling & pedestrian
initiatives in the Kansas City area.)


6th District:
Rep. Sam Graves
Phone: (202) 225-7041
Fax: (202) 225-8221
http://www.house.gov/graves/contact.shtml


7th District:
Roy Blunt
Phone: (202) 225-6536
Fax: (202) 225-5604
http://blunt.house.gov/Contact.aspx


8th District:
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson
(202) 225-4404
Fax: (202) 226-0326
http://www.house.gov/emerson/contact.shtml


9th District:
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer
Phone: (202) 225-2956
Fax: (202) 225-5712
http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=44&sectiontree=44

Note that no member of Congress has a public email address any more--to
send an electronic message, visit the member's web site, listed below.

If your representative is not on the list above (or you have trouble with a
link or phone #) you can contact your legislator using this link:

https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml