Crunch time for Congress

Early this afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed a greatly-amended H.R. 1, the stimulus legislation that contains a large slug of transportation spending. The anti-bicycle amendment from South Carolina got stopped, but as the bill goes on to a House-Senate conference committee, we need to be vigilant against similar mischief.

Please call your senators and representative and ask them to tell the Conferees to support Transportation Enhancements in the Economic Recovery bill. Tell them:
· Bicycle and pedestrian projects create jobs at the same or better rate than highway projects.
· These smaller projects can move quickly to hire local businesses and help local economies.
· Providing safe and convenient bicycle and pedestrian access gives families healthier and cheaper transportation options.
· Improving sidewalks and bike lanes can make a downtown a destination further helping the local economy.
· Better biking and walking options also help ensure greater energy independence, less pollution, and a healthier United States!

For Sen. Mel Martinez, you may use the website

Washington, D.C. Office:
356 Russell Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-0903
Phone: (202) 224-3041
Fax: (202) 228-5171

Coral Gables Office:
800 Douglas Road, Suite 148
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Phone: (305) 444-8332
Fax: (305) 444-8449

For Sen. Bill Nelson, the website is

Washington, D.C. Office:
716 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-0905
Phone: (202) 224-5274
Fax: (202) 228-2183

Coral Gables Office:
2925 Salzedo Street
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Phone: (305) 536-5999
Fax: (305) 536-5991

For additional contact information, the League of American Bicyclists provides this handy page: