BCA continues to work hard for (and with!) you to get funding to implement the bike plan. Next week the AMATS Policy Committee will vote on the funding budget for 2013-14 with the allocations we got for Bike Plan implementation – an extra $1.3 million. This happened largely because 125 of you wrote emails and 35 of you showed up at a meeting at the critical moments. We need your help again.
We will now try to tap $900K in state funds to bolster the federal dollars AMATS is allocating to Bike Plan implementation. Attached is BCA’s letter to the Anchorage Assembly, which explains the issue. Our strategy has two steps: (1) get the $900K on the state funds list; (2) get the Legislature to fund it. We are working on step one right now:
SO WHAT DO WE NEED YOU TO DO?
Send an email to all Assembly members (firstname.lastname@example.org) saying something like:
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Dear Members of the Assembly,
On 12/12/12 you received a letter from the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage asking that a Bike Plan Implementation project be added to the municipality’s 2013 State Legislative Program request. I strongly support efforts to further implement the Anchorage Bike Plan. I hope you will too when you discuss and act upon the Legislative request at your next assembly meeting.
[optional personal paragraph here about why biking is important to you, how much you love your Assembly member, etc.!]
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The above is crafted for an all-Assembly email. If you would rather target and customize the message for YOUR Assembly member(s), that would be fine too: Those folks are:
Section 1 Downtown
- Patrick Flynn (FlynnPP@muni.org)
Section 2 Chugiak
- Debbie Ossiander: OssianderDA@muni.org
- Bill Starr: StarrWE@muni.org
Section 3 West
- Ernie Hall: HallE@muni.org
- Harriet Drummond: DrummondHA@muni.org
Section 4 Midtown
- Dick Traini: TrainiD@muni.org
- Elvi Gray-Jackson: Gray-JacksonE@muni.org
Section 5 East
- Paul Honeman: HonemanPS@muni.org
- Adam Trombley: TrombleyAR@Muni.org
Section 6 South Anchorage
- Jennifer Johnston: JohnstonJ@Muni.org
- Chris Birch: BirchC@muni.org
When addressing your email, consider a bcc: to email@example.com. This would be helpful, but is by no means essential.
WE NEED YOU TO DO THIS NO LATER THAN NOON MONDAY, 12/17.
We may have another $900K towards Bike Plan implementation but only if you speak out. Is 2 minutes of your time worth $900K? I hope so.
If you are interested in seeing the action up-close and personal, come to Tuesday (12/18) night’s Assembly meeting. There will NOT be any opportunity to speak. That’s why your emails are important. The agenda should soon be posted here:
Have questions or comments? Contact BCA volunteer Todd Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE’VE (ALMOST) DONE IT ($$$) ONCE. CAN WE DO IT ($$$) AGAIN? NOT WITHOUT YOUR HELP! SO TAKE ACTION TODAY!