Governor Inslee is Threatening a Once-In-A-Generation Opportunity – Tell Him to Stop

Washington’s historic transportation investments in bicycling, health, and safety are in jeopardy because of potential action by Governor Inslee on a low carbon fuel standard. It doesn’t have to be this way. Take action today.

Over the past six months, thousands of caring Washingtonians like you have asked state leaders in Olympia to make bold investments in our transportation future by making it safer and easier to bike and walk.

Governor Inslee threatens to eliminate all state Safe Routes to School funding.

Governor Inslee threatens to eliminate all state Safe Routes to School funding. Tell him to stop.

Our leaders listened, but now Governor Inslee threatens to take away this once-in-a-generation opportunity to build bikeways and safer sidewalks for Washingtonians.

Tell Governor Inslee to protect biking and walking safety investments – take action today!

Just a few days ago, Washingtonians were told historic investments had been made in creating safe streets, new sidewalks and bike pathways for our school kids and communities. Now they’re being told those investments could be wiped away through a potential action by the Governor on a low carbon fuel standard. There doesn’t have to be a choice between safer and healthier communities and climate change – Governor Inslee knows he has other avenues to implement his climate change agenda. This isn’t it.

According to the Seattle Times, Governor Inslee is considering eliminating all our hard-won future state investments for Safe Routes to School, as well as $235 million for biking improvements statewide.

All told, almost $2 billion in special needs transit, rural transit, King County transit, environmental improvements, and walking and biking are on the line.

We don’t need to trade the safety of our kids at schools, special needs transit, and critical biking connections for lasting action on climate change – we can have both. This is a false choice driven by politics in Olympia.

It’s all up to Governor Inslee.

Tell Governor Inslee today to protect biking and walking safety investments so we can fulfill our promise to help every child grow up healthy and to create safer biking connections.

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6 Comments

  1. Chris
    Posted July 26, 2015 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Have fun washingtonians.

    As cyclists have legal right to be on the road, the more people vote down advancements in bicycle infrastructure, it will only drive me and other cyclist to be on the roads.

    So in the future, you can look forward to cyclists on roadways legally going 15 MPH in a 40mph zone and there isn’t anything you can legally do except wait and pass.

    So the more you fight cyclists, the more traffic we can and will cause.

  2. Death to cyclists
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Thank god a sensible no more wasting money on you traffic nightmares. Thank you gov. Inslee

  3. Paul H
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    You guys are funnier than hell. YOU VOTED THIS IDIOT INTO OFFICE! Enjoy your cake!

  4. GEORG HAWKES
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Inslee,

    With respect to your mandate reducing our carbon footprint, I believe that there is an option that will comply with both our needs.

    First funding can be reduced so the carbon footprint of excavation and paving by the simple use of manual labor. The bikers can contribute by biking to the sites of improvement and doing manual labor with the help of our old friends the pick ax and shovel. See, no carbon.

    Second, it would be great if the funds used served the purpose of preserving our natural resources such as our forests. Have you seen sudden death in our trees when your biking by? Trees that have been alive as long as 15 years in Volunteer Park dying within 30 days. My vote is for the pine beetle infestation spreading up from California and needs to be addressed now. I think us bikers would be OK with that where the bike trails should be.

    Third, insure trails are put in because there will be the need for them as we must all do our part to curtail climate change. Forest land preserves water and reduces carbon dioxide. It houses micro ecosystems which are desperately needed so our children can enjoy a frog. Something also disappearing at an alarming rate along with our bee population.

    So in closing Mr. Inslee, it is important to have both, a budget and a plan that is going ro give you the biggest bang for the buck for tomorrow. Taday may be atitle too late for some.

  5. Dale Wilson
    Posted July 20, 2015 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Nearly everyday I riide the highways for pleasure and commuting to work. Nearly everyday I am faced with unnecessary life threatening encounters with motor vehicles. Sometimes it is my own lack of attention. Sometimes it is a situation caused by another vehicle operator’s behavior. Most often those scariest of cycling moments are a result of dangerous road conditions and lack of designing our roadways for multiple uses.
    Today I received two requests from Govenor Inslee to support his re-election so he and his fellow politicians can ignore the dangers cyclist across the State face everyday. I think I will save my contribution and buy a Kevlar riding suit. On second thought Kevlar would be insanely hot. I will save my donation and buy a new bike!

  6. Jan Myhre
    Posted July 20, 2015 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Dear Sir, Our city is at this very moment installing a walking biking trail. Our community is already enjoying the completed legs of the trail. It would be a waste of time, talent and treasure to put the state funding of this effort in jeopardy. Please rethink your Transportation Package and continue to help make biking and walking a top priority for reducing WA carbon footprint. Thank you. Jan Myhre