Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 6th, 2008 at 8:46 am
The BTA has issued the action alert that I alluded to yesterday.
It was posted to their blog by Executive Director Scott Bricker and emailed to their Portland members yesterday afternoon.
The "Safe, Sound, and Green Streets" funding package will be in front of City Council this morning. I'm on my way over there and will have an update soon.
Here's is the full text of the BTA action alert:
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Please email or call Portland Mayor Tom Potter to ask that he vote to enact Portland's Safe, Sound, and Green Streets program. He is the only one on the City Council not yet committed to voting for it, and it's very important that the Council vote be unanimous to make a fight against it unlikely.
Mayor Tom Potter
This funding program would raise $450 million to repair Portland streets, pave potholes, and improve bicycle and pedestrian safety. Most notably for cyclists, it would fund:
* 114-miles of new low-traffic Bicycle Boulevards
* Safer Routes to Schools for elementary and middle school kids
* Safety improvements to dangerous intersections
* New sidewalks
* SmartTrips programs that promote sustainable transportation options
You can use the following text, or your own comments, in your email:
We strongly support Safe, Sound and Green Streets. We are willing to pay a modest fee today to make greatly improved neighborhood safety and livability a reality tomorrow, while also making a long-term investment in protecting our public infrastructure.
Despite last-minute efforts by a few monied special interest lobbyists to block it, we join a diverse coalition of citizens, community groups, businesses, and transportation leaders in strongly supporting Safe, Sound and Green Streets.