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Bikes on trains action alert

Via email from Peter Wang:

Action Alert

Thursday, February 11, 2:00 pm
Support Bikes on Trains at the Houston Transportation Committee Meeting.
If you ride in Houston, please attend this important meeting!

Houston-area cyclists-

This Thursday, February 11, the Houston City Council Transportation, Infrastructure and Aviation Committee will discuss the METRO light rail construction.

Please attend and insist that METRO accommodate bicycles – both in the light rail cars and with on-street bike parking at stations.

Our friends at BikeHouston have asked BikeTexas to help get the word out to Houston residents to take time off work if possible to attend this meeting – it is that important.

Please ask the City Council and Mayor to influence METRO to include accommodations for bicycles in the light rail construction. For maximum multi-modal connectivity, any light rail project MUST allow bikes in the rail cars, and provide plenty of bike parking at the stations.

The meeting will take place at 2:00 pm, in City Council Chambers, 901 Bagby, 2nd Floor.

METRO was slow to accept the benefit of bike racks on their buses until cyclists spoke up – and as of January 2010, there have been more than 117,000 bike boardings on METRO buses. We can make a difference!

For background on this issue please see this website, by BikeHouston and Citizens’ Transportation Coalition.

Also posted here.

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