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- H.3615: Contact your House member before 1pm tomorrow! (4/17/2017)
- Contact your SC state Representative TODAY, for H.3615 (4/4/2017)
- Protect Transportation Alternatives Funding (1/27/2017)
- People for Bikes Action Alert, H.3909 (5/25/2016)
- Contact your Senator One Last Time for H.3909 (5/20/2016)
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→ Write Letters to the Editor
Please write these! We all love to ride, but SC has a new “bikelash” emerging and we all need to advocate for our rights (and responsibilities) to be on the road. PCC and your local organizations will advocate on your behalf, but we can’t do it alone. We need you to steer the public conversations and rhetoric. We all have a right to be on public street space, and we need our unified and vocal constituency to speak up!
- Use your voice from your own experience as an intro.
- Then use content from our Resources section. The Data and Safety Statistics page can help you make the case that more needs to be done to accommodate a rising number of people riding bikes. It doesn’t cost more money. But it’s alarming that while we ride so much, and our injury/fatality score is so high, the SC Department of Transportation still spends so little to make the roads safer for all users, compared to the expense for asphalt dedicated singularly to motor vehicle traffic. Our Safe Streets page can help you clarify just what rights (and responsibilities) we have on the road. SC has a progressive law on the books that puts the onus for maintaining safe passing distance on the motorist. See our Bike Laws page for details. Bicyclists can also be cited for not having the proper front light and rear reflector on their bike. And last, see our Blog for a long list of topics that may inspire your Letter.
- Be positive, and remember it’s about sharing public space. One option is to keep it simple and write only about how much you love to ride!
- Then get your Letter to the Editor out in your local paper! Don’t be shy!
“New bicycling infrastructure proposals can be a hot topic in the local media. Respond to articles about upcoming projects with positive letters to the editor. If you own or manage a business, speak from a businessperson’s perspective if possible. Writing letters to the editor in support of bicycling infrastructure lets the community and its leaders know that the project is desirable, while adding balance to any outspoken naysayers.” (peopleforbikes.org)
Here are some tips on writing letters to the editor from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
→ Town Hall Speaker Content
In the event of a town hall, we have a lot to say, and we need to communicate it directly, appropriately and very positively. We all love to bike, and we need to let folks know:
- who we are (a very diverse group),
- Where are you from and where do you ride?
- Contrast who you are, compared to the stereotype.
- Make it real. If a family member rides, tell them what that relationship means to you.
- Why is bicycling so fun for you? Why do you love it so?
- why we need safer streets and roads,
- Do we want to remain the 49th safest state to bike?
- We don’t want our kids to fear the street anymore. It did not used to be this way.
- We want local adjacent businesses to have open, safe access and be seen by passers-by.
- why we deserve to be on public street space, to get from A to B, and
- We all contribute to paying for the roads, through local general fund, local sales and property taxes, state sales and income tax, federal income tax, and from state and federal user fees (gas tax).
- State laws across the country allow a bicycle to responsibly travel legally as a “vehicle”. SC is one of the vast majority of those states that explicitly state this in law.
- It is public space. That is why.
- We have a right to congregate and get to our destination via this public space.
- why we joined this movement:
- So our kids and family can ride a bike if they choose, responsibly from good education about the laws of riding, and unencumbered by measures that restrict our access to public space – measures such as “bike liability insurance” and “permits”. These things unfortunately only serve to reduce ridership, hurt our local bike economy, and ultimately foster communities where kids have fewer opportunities to freely and safely access local parks and other active spaces.
- Rather, we need support for better infrastructure, more education, and more enforcement. We’re all in this together.
- We know you can think of a ton of reasons!!
Please see our Data and Safety Statistics page for further content.