As for the City Hall portion of this post, Yellow Bike says it Best, so this is directly from them:
"First, we apologize for breaking our own rule of emailing you only once a month. We feel this reminder is a worthy exception, and we hope you'll agree:
This Thursday, May 21st, Austin City Council will hold a public hearing on the 2009 update to Austin's Bicycle Master Plan. The update outlines a long-term strategy for making cycling a safer and more viable mode of transportation in Austin. We need to be there, because those who are against it most certainly will. Here's what you can do:
Show up to the hearing.
The public hearings section of Thursday's council meeting begins at 6:00pm. Go to City Hall (301 W. 2nd st.), pass through security, and head to the southwest corner of the main lobby. The Bike Plan hearing is fourth on the agenda, and will definitely not happen before 6pm. If you're afraind you might miss it, come out anyway.
Group rides to City Hall leave from:
-Bouldin Creek Coffee House (1501 S. 1st) at 5:30 pm
-Treasure City Thrift (E. 12th & Salina) at 5:30 pm
-Epoch Coffee (221 W. North Loop) at 5:15 pm
If you can't make it,
go to City Hall any time between now and the hearing. Go through security and ask to use one of the computer kiosks in the main lobby. You'll need the update's item number, which is 61 PH. Locate the item and sign up for or against it."
Please try to show up for this, everyone!! I know how many of us went to City Hall to support East Side Pedal Pushers when that whole fiasco went down, so please, let's have a presence at this meeting and let the city know there are some passionate cyclists in Austin just lookin' for some city love (and improved cycling infrastructure/laws).
Now, to the SIGN IT portion:
This is letter written by Mr. Blumenauer, congressman from Oregon, urging for increased federal support of national multi-modal transportation methods which would incorporate walking and cycling into our transportation system. I would suggest you read the letter, it's got some interesting facts in it that you may not be aware of. Other than that, you can either write a letter to your congressman, or use nifty text the League has already supplied for you to urge congress to hop on the bandwagon and support alternative transportation methods. When you click on the link, you will have to change your zip code. There is a link that says "Change Address" - click on that to change your zip unless you live in 78702 area. Hopefully we can get enough support of this to see some great outcomes!!
Hope to see you all on Thursday.
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