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Don't worry, I won't do this too often, but I wanted to reach out to my readers and inform you of a very important project being led by Adventure Cycling Association--the U.S. Bicycle Route System. You can read all about the project here: and you can join the Facebook page here: In the meantime, help me raise a little money to support Adventure Cycling Association's efforts to bring this dream to reality! Come on! Show me just how much you love your bike! And if you don't own a bike, show me how much you love the cyclists in your family by giving them a great network of routes that traverse the United States.
I'm still a California resident, and my senator is still Barbara Boxer. This morning, an email from Adventure Cycling Assoc. Executive Director Jim Sayer landed in my inbox. I'm sharing this call to action with you, my friends and fellow cyclists in California, to ask you to do what I just did: make a call for safer streets for all. Read Jim's letter below:
"Dear California cycling friends,

Senator Barbara Boxer needs to hear from you RIGHT NOW.

The committee she leads in the US Senate, the Environment and Public Works Committee, is deciding what goes into the very important federal transportation bill today and tomorrow. She needs to know that we want her to fight for bicycling and walking programs like Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and the Recreational Trails program.

If we don't act now, bicycling and walking programs may be written out of our transportation system for the next six years.

At this very moment, she is negotiating with other senators who don't think bicycling and walking are an important part of the transportation bill. She needs to know that we have her back on this issue and she shouldn't give up on these crucial programs.

Call Senator Boxer RIGHT NOW and tell her:

"I am one of your constituents and I think bicycling and walking need to be a part of the transportation bill. Please ensure that Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and the Recreational Trails program continue with strong and dedicated funding as they are today."

Calls to DC are best. Her Washington, DC office number: (202) 224-3553. If it's busy and you're short for time, here's her LA office number: (213) 894-5000.

Thank you for calling as soon as you can. Good luck!

Jim Sayer
Executive Director
Adventure Cycling Association

PS - You can email Senator Boxer too at, but given the urgency of the situation, please call her DC office. Thanks!"