The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is holding a series of statewide discussions this fall to engage the public in a conversation about the transportation system they want and what they need to do to achieve that vision. They have talked about the importance of developing and improving various modes of transportation. Of course one of those modes of transportation is bicycling!!
I am writing to you today to inform you that one of these meetings is scheduled to be held in our region and we need to make sure that our voices are heard. We need to make sure that we send a strong message to the DOT about improving bicycling safety in our area. One area of great importance is connecting Fall River to New Bedford via a dedicated bicycle path. Please try to attend to lend your support and if at all possible your voice. For too long we have been ignored when other parts of the state receive beautiful, safe, dedicated bike paths.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Woodlawn Commons Building-Conference Room 3
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
The meeting is scheduled for…
Date: December 3rd, 2012
These public meetings will help MassDOT to get public input on their long range financing plan. This plan is going to dictate whether we continue on the 20th-century path of building ever more roads and bridges, or if we are going to invest in a balanced, multi-modal system. Your voice is going to make the difference.
While there are a few points we are listing below, we suggest the number one comment you can make is: Invest in a system that moves people, not cars.
Some other specific points could be:
Achieving the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas reduction goals depends on encouraging more biking and walking.
MassDOT needs to support healthier communities, since over one-fifth of our population is obese, as is one out of ten children.
Investing in biking and walking is the smarter choice; we just can’t afford to keep building wider roads.
Give the people what they want! Polls across the country have shown that people want to bike more often, but they think the roads are too dangerous. We need a dedicated bike path from Fall River to New Bedford.
MassDOT has been a national leader over the past several years in their commitment to a multi-modal system; we need to thank them for their work so far, and push them to go even further. Your voice is needed to do that. I hope you join us on November 1st to make sure our voice is heard on the future of transportation in Massachusetts.