Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Members of Congress Reps. Schwartz and Blumenauer visit BCGP office

Bicycle Coalition staff, board members and Fuji employees were on hand to greet House Representatives Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) when they visited the Bicycle Coalition's office late Monday afternoon as part of a full day tour of Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs.  Congresswoman Schwartz, brought Congressman Blumenauer to Philly to see examples of green and sustainable infrastructure
and transportation projects and to meet with city and regional agency officials, including Mayor Nutter, who are working to make the region a livable community.  We told them about the Coalition's advocacy and education programs that are helping encourage more bicycling and answered their questions about what the region is doing to promote bicycling and walking. Representative Blumenauer is a great champion of bicycling (he is proudly BIKE-PARTISAN) who introduced the Active Communities Transportation Act to make investments in transportation projects that will encourage a mode shift (more bicycling and walking, less car driving).  Representative Schwartz, who lobbied hard for the recent TIGER grant to build trails in Philly and Camden, introduced the Green Communities Act to make grants for greening projects, We greatly appreciate their time, attention and great questions.  Thanks for coming by! (more photos here).