Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottltieb will be traveling the state in the next several weeks holding town hall meetings on transportation issues. This is a great chance to talk to the secretary directly and to let him know about biking infrastructure needs in your community.
In recent years, federal transportation dollars that could have been invested in pedestrian and bike safety have been used for highways instead. Let Secretary Gottlieb know that bicyclists need these dollars invested in infrastructure that will make us safer.
A little background on Secretary Gottlieb – we like him. He is a former state legislator and mayor of Port Washington. An engineer by training he’s a practical guy and less ideological than a lot of folks around politics these days. For example, he included our proposal for a new program to use state dollars to build safe cycling infrastructure in a report on transportation finance that was released last year. Unfortunately, those recommendations were not adopted by the legislature this session, but may be in the future.
So, when you address the secretary at a meeting or in writing please thank him first for his open mindedness regarding biking before asking for our fair share of transportation funding.
If you can’t attend one of the town hall meetings you can still get your comments in to the secretary through a form provided on the “Wisconsin Moves” website.
I’ll be speaking at the meeting in West Allis on May 20th. Hope to see you there.
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