Cascade Bicycle Club, Sierra Club Cascade Chapter and Great City join a coalition of community, labor, transportation and environmental groups in proudly announcing Streets For All Seattle , a new campaign calling for adequately funding multimodal transportation initiatives in Seattle. The Streets For All Seattle supporters believe that walking, bicycling and transit should be the easiest means of transportation in Seattle. But the current situation shows pending cuts in Metro service hours and insufficient funding for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans. The Streets For All Seattle coalition has identified a number of potential funding sources – to the tune of $30 million dollars – for walking, biking and transit infrastructure. We look forward to working with the Seattle City Council, Mayor McGinn and partners to create dedicated funding mechanisms for multi-modal transportation initiatives in Seattle. Streets For All Seattle also looks forward to engaging Seattle citizens in a conversation about how we fund and build the pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure to align with a forward-thinking vision, one that includes transportation choices that make sense for our city and vibrant neighborhoods that are safe and accessible for everyone. Please see the letter below from Streets For All Seattle
This is the second year that Cascade Bicycle Club is participating in Drive to Work Day , a celebration of the sacred American ritual of commuting by car. Nowhere else in the world is the stately and funereal procession of motorized vehicles so celebrated. Last year we noted an alarming fact from the INRIX Scorecard that showed that Vehicle Miles Traveled dropped 3% and congestion fell nearly 30% in our region. The latest data from INRIX and a study by the Texas Transportation Institute further confirm that while congestion has increased around the country in 2009, commuters in the Seattle metropolitan area are not doing their part to drive more.