Thursday, July 23, 2015

Yet another attack on funding for trails, walking and biking has surfaced!

From my friends at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.  I've called both Senators Cornyn and Cruz (oy vey)

The full Senate is gearing up to vote on its version of a transportation bill—and yet another attack on funding for trails, walking and biking has surfaced!
We need your help now. Call your senators and help defend critical funding for trails, walking and biking.
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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has introduced an amendment that eliminates the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)—the nation's largest dedicated source of funding for trails, walking and biking. This program also funds the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and helps people like you and me stay healthy, get outdoors, support our local economy and get where we need to go.
Trails, protected bikeways, sidewalks, crosswalks and safe routes to school are essential parts of our transportation system—and TAP helps fund thousands of these projects across the country.
But Sen. Lee has introduced an amendment (S.A. 2280) to eliminate this critical program.
Congress has debated transportation legislation over the past month, and every time an attack on TAP has surfaced, supporters like you have rallied to defend it with your emails and phone calls. It's working, but we need your support once more. Help us defend funding for TAP and for safe places to walk and bike in your community by calling your senators now.
The Senate could vote on this legislation as early as this weekend, and it’s important that your legislator hear from you right away. Call your senators using the information below:

If your senators' information does not appear above, please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 to be connected to your senators' offices.
Simply deliver this short message:
“My name is Kent Peasley from katy, and I'm calling about the Senate's transportation bill. Please support funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program, or TAP, and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) within it. I ask that my senator vote against Sen. Mike Lee's amendment (S.A. 2280) and any other attempts to eliminate TAP and funding for walking, biking or recreational trails. We should be supporting these modes of transportation, not limiting them. Thank you.”
Then tell us about your call. This important step will help us effectively advocate for biking, walking and trails.
Please take this simple action now. A vote could happen as soon this weekend!
Thanks for doing all you can for walking, biking and trails in your state—and across the country!
Patrick Wojahn
Director of Government Relations
Marianne Wesley Fowler
Senior Strategist for Policy Advocacy
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer Crit Series

July 5th through August 1 is a weekly criterium designed for beginners, the Summer Crit Series at the Houston Sports Park.  The weekly race features a beginners race program where instructors provide lessons on racing in criteriums.  The races are for Nuniors and Cat 5,4,3 Men and Women.