VCCOOL Collects over 1,200 Signatures for Active Transportation!

We would like to take a moment to recognize the heroic efforts of Rachel Morris the Executive Director of Ventura Climate Care Options Organized Locally (VCCOOL) for collecting more than 1,200 signatures supporting additional funding for active transportation in the Southern California Association of Government’s (SCAG) Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Community Strategy (RTP/SCS).  These signatures were submitted to SCAG as part of the public comment period on the RTP/SCS.

Walking and biking make up 21 percent of the trips (NHTS 2009) and 25 percent of the fatalities in the SCAG region (SCAG RTP/SCS).  The SCAG region also currently suffers from a 24 percent obesity rate, with some populations reaching 50 percent.  Despite this need for added funding for active transportation, the Draft 2012 RTP only allocates a little more than 1% of the funding to active transportation.  The Los Angeles Department of Public Health estimates that $40 billion is needed. VCCOOL’s letter request that SCAG increase the funding for active transportation to between 5%-8% of the total funding in the RTP.

This grass roots effort recieved the support of numerous active transportation advocacy groups, bicycle shops, health care professionals, and Safe Routes to Schools advocates.  For example, the Bicycle Kitchen in Los Angeles helped spread the word and helped bring in dozens of signatures.  Over 100 children from a local elementary school in Oxnard signed the petition in memory of a class mate who was struck by a car and killed while riding their bike to school.

The petition will be left up for additional signatures until April 4th when the SCAG General Assembly will take the final vote on the RTP/SCS.  Please sign on and show your support for bicycling and walking!

One Response to VCCOOL Collects over 1,200 Signatures for Active Transportation!

  1. Pingback: SCAG to adopt $500B Transportation Plan: Will stakeholders be heard? « Safe Routes to School in California

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