The Wisconsin Bike Fed calls upon all residents, organizations and civic leaders to speak out on reckless driving.
Two Milwaukee children have been killed and three more injured by hit-and-run drivers in the span of only 10 days. One driver was found, the other turned themselves in the next day. Both crashes occurred at intersections in school zones. This is unacceptable.
Our Safe Routes to School team has directly educated students at Thurston Woods, Auer Ave, and Gwen Jackson schools in safe walking and biking practices in the past year. It becomes a challenge to serve young people when, from what we know, all these children had the right of way. And reckless drivers, ages 19 and 25, acted irresponsibly.
At the Bike Fed we educate the community at large on the “E’s.” A combination of Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Evaluation, Encouragement, and Equity strategies all need to work together to reduce speeds and dangerous maneuvers by people driving. The Bike Fed has educated over 40,000 youth since 2005. Our staff has encouraged thousands more students and families to give walking and biking a try, but these principal E’s are not funded or properly planned for in our community by our city leaders. While an immediate response from some members of the common council on this public health crisis has been policing, we want to emphasize that while we support enforcement, we also want to underscore the massive gap in properly Engineered local streets that make it incredibly easy to drive recklessly. This must stop.
We want to thank the Finance and Personnel Committee of Milwaukee Common Council for approving an amendment brought by Alderman Bauman that increase funding for Milwaukee DPW Multimodal spending. It would allow $1.2 million to be specifically focused on pedestrian and bicycle improvements in the public right of way.
We need your support now more than ever. The final budget approval day is fast approaching!
Please contact the entire Milwaukee Common Council and Mayor Barrett. Tell them:
- You would like to see a permanent dedicated fund for pedestrian and bicycle improvements within the capital budget.
- You support the adoption of an amendment for the 2020 budget that would increase Multimodal spending by $500K totaling $1.2M for city-wide pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
- You want to see the DPW administrative leadership take urgency and work ever closer with the reckless driving task force to follow their new drafted strategic action plan using ample resources, which includes funding to tackle reckless driving
Honor and keep in your heart the lives of those whose voices are gone or have been muted by this public health crisis––reckless driving
FRIDAY 11-08-2019 @ 9:00 AM
City Hall, Common Council Chambers, Room 205
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After budget day THIS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8th 9 am City Hall Room 205 the Bike Fed will be hosting a further dialogue on action steps and takeaways from this season’s budget process across the street at the Milwaukee Center’s Midwest Espresso (111 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202) at noon. So even if you can’t make the hearing please pop over for lunch with us.
Join the movement for Safe & Healthy Streets.
Bike Fed staff is also planning a Rally to bring continuous attention to the concerns over this epidemic in the community. If your organization or yourself want to be involved in planning or attending please let us know.
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Subject Line: STOP RECKLESS DRIVING IN MKE
We still have a long way to go, but we thank all of those who have helped keep this very important investment in safer and healthier streets moving along at the city level! Don’t give up!