[ebbc-talk] MTC's 2030 Plan - Letter
The following letter was sent to MTC
Commissioner Mark DeSaulnier to encourage him to support the MTC's 2030
Plan, and provide for a Regional Bicycle Set-Aside in the amount of $500
December 3, 2003
The Honorable Mark DeSaulnier,
2425 Bisso Lane, Suite 110
Concord, CA 94520
Reference: MTC’s 2030 Plan: Request
for a Regional Bicycle Set-Aside of $500 million
Dear Commissioner DeSaulnier,
I am a resident of Contra Costa
County and I am writing to encourage
you to support dedicated funding for bicycle transportation in the form
of a Regional Bicycle Set-Aside. I request that these set-aside funds be
in the amount of $500 million, and that MTC include this funding as part
of Track 1 for the T2030 Plan. I also request that the remainder of the
shortfall of funding for the adopted Regional Bicycle Plan be included
as part of the “Big Tent” in the T2030 plan.
I am a bicycle commuter that lives
in Walnut Creek, and commutes to the PH BART station. Providing safe routes
to transit could eliminate many cars from the roads in our community. Negotiating
Ygnacio Valley Blvd. by bicycle to get to the WC BART station is not a
safe alternative for most people, and the result is bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Bicycle transportation will help
to achieve MTC’s goals by providing lifeline mobility, improving air quality,
and making connections to transit via Safe Routes to Transit bicycle projects.
The Regional Bicycle Set-Aside will also improve safety, encourage smart
growth, and increase the livability of our Bay Area communities by providing
for a healthy transportation choice.
The proposed $500 million for the
Regional Bicycle Set-Aside is a relatively small percentage of the overall
funding that will be programmed for T2030 plan, but it will result in real
projects that will benefit communities all throughout the Bay Area, including
in Contra Costa
County. By supporting $500
million for a Regional Bicycle Set-Aside in Track 1 you will be placing
a vote that will help to build a healthier and more cost-effective transportation
system for the San Francisco Bay Area. Thank you in advance for your support.
Craig W. Hagelin
626 Creekmore Ct.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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