Massachusetts Residents to Decide Bike-Ped, Train Budget Nov. 4

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition is asking Massachusetts residents to vote "no" on Question 1 on November 4. A “no” vote will improve subways, trains, buses, bicycle paths, and sidewalks, the group says. The Coalition's mission is to promote a bicycle-friendly environment and encourage bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. The group has nine paid employees. Its board of directors is elected by anyone who donates $20 a year.

Beth Rodio works for the Coalition. She told the Valley Post that approximately 1 percent ($140 million) of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) “five-year capital investment plan has been allocated for biking and walking paths across the state. In addition, many road and bridge projects include significant bicycle and pedestrian components. If MassDOT is forced to cut $1 billion from its budget over the next 10 years (which Question 1 would do) a large number of projects including paths, roads, and bridges are at risk.”

An example of this kind of path is in Northampton; a photo is at:

www.masslive.com/mywideworld/index.ssf/2011/07/western_massachusetts_off...

A map of that bike path is at:

http://fntg.net/?page_id=10

Walking and riding a bicycle reduces obesity. Treatment of obesity-related health problems for people without health insurance costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year.

Walking or riding a bicycle, rather than driving, is good for the environment. Cars cause global warming.

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