Several months ago, Cascade Bicycle Club rejoined the Environmental Priorities Coalition after a year’s sabbatical. Since then, we have been working in Olympia with our allies at the Priorities Coalition and the Transportation for Washington campaign to ensure our state policy-makers pass legislation and a budget that builds a sustainable transportation future for Washington state.
A big environmental priority for us this year is Pollution-Free Prosperity. Our pro-bike agenda contributes to a clean and healthy environment, as the policies, projects and funding we work so hard to support at the state-level (and at all levels) help us reduce our dependence on oil and our global warming pollution.
Did you know that almost half of Washington state’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector? Read more here.
That’s why in 2008, the State’s Transportation Implementation Working Group concluded that, “Washington State should make funding decisions and pursue revenue generating strategies that stimulate behaviors that support climate change solutions and that discourage behaviors that contribute to the problem.”
Enter the pro-bike agenda and our 2012 legislative priorities.
You have a unique opportunity next week to further enforce the connection between a clean and healthy environment and the pro-bike agenda in Olympia at Environmental Lobby Day.
What: Environmental Lobby Day
Where: Olympia, WA
When: Wednesday, Jan. 25
Much like Transportation Advocacy Day the following week, you will have the opportunity to meet legislators in person and advocate for policies that build a clean and efficient transportation system – a system that reduces our dependence on oil and contributes to a clean environment for all of us in Washington state.