Louisville Bicycle Club

Louisville Bicycle Club Newsletter — May-June 1997

Letter From the Editor

by Mary Beth Stoltz

Why don’t we use our bikes more instead of cars? Is it because of poor road conditions, no bike lanes, no available bike racks, no showers at work? Things are changing, but as Emily Boone said, you are bicycling’s only voice.

In 1991, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act was signed. This act, ISTEA, set aside a part of federal highway funding for bike and pedestrian paths. About $1 billion has gone toward building bike routes, creating cycling coordinator positions for each state, bike lane signage and more.

But the ISTEA is up for a vote again and lobbyists want to eliminate 100% of the funding and use it for highway development. The League of American Bicyclists, the Bicycle Federation of America and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy have joined together with a plan they call “Bikes Belong” to get Congressional reauthorization of the ISTEA funding. They have received more than $360,000 in donations from the likes of Bianchi, Cannondale, Trek and many others to help fight the lobbyists.

Now you need to let Congress know how important cycling is in our national transportation policy. You can make a difference by writing your Congressman and transportation policy makers. Bike shops around the country are expected to be carrying pro-ISTEA petitions. If your local shop doesn’t have one, call toll-free 1-888-GO ISTEA, email GOISTEA@aol.com or download one from Bicycling magazine on America Online. You can send your own donation to Bikes Belong, 1100 17th St., 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20036.

This is your chance to be bicycling’s voice and help show that bicycles really do belong.

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