Fwd: Mandatory sidepath use on Federal lands? No way!

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Ulrich Kreidler

Nov 12, 2011, 2:58:34 PM11/12/11

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Subject: Mandatory sidepath use on Federal lands? No way!
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2011 07:15:19 -0600
From: Jim Arends <jima...@gmail.com>
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LIB asks that we sign a petition against mandatory sidepaths for bikes. Here is the URL:�http://www.bikeleague.org/petition/

Dear club leader,
I am writing to ask for a few specific favors from you --
First, we are fighting now against a mandatory sidepath provision in the latest version of the Transportation Bill.� We are gathering signatures on a petition, which we will soon present to key Senators.� We would greatly appreciate you forwarding the link to your members.� Here it is, with a little explanatory blub:�
The draft of the Senate's transportation authorization bill, S. 1813 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, includes language that would introduce a mandatory sidepath law on roads in our National Parks and other Federal lands. It requires cyclists on Federal lands to use a path or trail, instead of roads, if the speed limit is over 30 MPH and a trail exists within 100 yards, regardless of the condition or utility of the path. The provision sets a terrible precedent. Passing it would send the wrong message to transportation agencies that these policies are acceptable. Laws like this have been taken off the books in states over the past 30 years. This takes us in the wrong direction.
Please sign the League of American Bicyclists� petition here: http://www.bikeleague.org/petition/
Secondly, if you have not yet completed the League�s year end organizational survey, please do so at http://www.bikeleague.org/clubsurvey
And finally, please consider supporting the League with a year-end contribution.� Together, we can save cycling.
Sincerely, Andy
Andy Clarke, President
League of American Bicyclists
PS, remember that today, November 11, is the last day to use promo code SUMMIT12 to save $50 on registration for the 2012 National Bike Summit

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