Rosa DeLauro has done it... how about the others? Here's how.
November (DATE), 2009
Re: New Report Highlights Need for National Complete Streets Policy
Dear [REPRESENTATIVE X],
I am writing to share with you a new study entitled “Dangerous By Design: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths” (http://blog.tstc.org/2009/11/
More than 76,000 Americans have been killed in the past 15 years while crossing or walking along a street in their community. Overwhelmingly, these deaths occurred on poorly designed roadways that encouraged speeding cars and made little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs, or on a bicycle. The report finds in Connecticut, only 1.7 percent of funds authorized under the federal transportation law have been spent on projects to improve the safety of walking and bicycling. Yet pedestrians comprise 12.6 percent of all traffic deaths in Connecticut.
Here in [DISTRICT/COMMUNITY], the problem is especially severe. [INCLUDE LOCAL STATISTIC AND/OR EXAMPLE HERE.]
[ORGANIZATION NAME] commends you on your work to improve transportation safety for all Connecticut residents. Please add to that record of achievement by co-sponsoring the Complete Streets Act (H.R.1443/S.584), which ensures that all users of the transportation system, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, children, older individuals and individuals with disabilities are able to travel safely and conveniently on and across federally funded streets and highways. This is a strategy that will not only make our streets safer, but will help make our communities more livable by providing people with attractive transportation options.
[ORGANIZATION NAME] looks forward to working with you to ensure that our streets are safe for everyone.