request to contact Governor Romney about funding that would support the construction of the Community Path extension and other greenway projects
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I have permission from MassBike to forward their notice about a key decision happening this week regarding funds that can be used to extend the Community Path. Please take a few minutes to call the Governor’s office, or, if you click on the link below, you will go to the online comment submittal form used by the Governor’s office.
The status right now is that the Somerville Community Path Extension is the state’s 2007 transportation improvement plan. But the state relies on the federal dollars in part to make sure projects are built. We need to make sure the money is there! Please forward this request to others.
PO Box 441033
408 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
Changing Places, Changing Lives
From: MassBike [mailto:engine@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 1:56 PM
Subject: MassBike Special Advocacy Alert
Urgent Action: Call Governor Romney TODAY!
Bicycling funds are in danger--please take action today and call Governor Romney.
On January 25th, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a notice to all states requiring them to give back a portion of their previously promised transportation funds. Massachusetts is responsible for returning over $24 million in transportation funds, leaving the state's Transportation Enhancement Program --the largest federal investment in rail-trails, walking and bicycling in American communities-- vulnerable to sweeping, disproportionate cuts. Governor Romney and MassHighway must decide by Thursday, February 24 where Massachusetts ' portion of the funds returned will come from.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Call or email Governor Romney's office today by 5pm.
Governor Mitt Romney's phone number is 617-725-4005. His fax is 617-727-9725.
1) To keep Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails, and Bicycle/Pedestrian Programs strongly and equitably funded with federal transportation funds, even with the federal rescission (the technical term for the give-back).
2) Transportation Enhancements only makes up 2.8% of MA transportation dollars, so it should ONLY receive 2.8% of the cuts.
3) Transportation Enhancements funds raise the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents.
Please call today.
Deadline of March 1--next Tuesday!--to become a League Cycling Instructor
Would you like to teach cycling skills to others? MassBike is sponsoring a training by the League of American Bicyclists for experienced cyclists to become certified League Cycling Instructors, or LCIs.
YOU MUST REGISTER BY MARCH 1st--NEXT TUESDAY.
This weekend-long training (April 15-17: a Friday night through Sunday afternoon) will take place in Waltham , and is the only such training this year in New England . As a prerequisite, you must have taken the “Road I” (aka Cycling Skills) class—see previous listing. The cost of the training is $175, payable to the League of American Bicyclists.