“They’re gonna need to see this upstairs” — that’s what the staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation said about your letters this week.
By Monday afternoon, over 1500 of you made your voices heard in support of stronger transportation safety measures through our online action. Geoff Anderson, president and CEO of Smart Growth America, personally delivered your comments calling on USDOT to require that states set real targets for reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our streets and that they be held accountable as they work toward those goals.
The League of American Bicyclists and Safe Routes to School National Partnership have been hard at work on this issue too, and they mobilized thousands more in support of better safety measures for people walking and bicycling.
Your feedback has been heard, and resoundingly: safety for everyone must be a priority for our transportation investments.
Now the ball is in USDOT’s court. They’ll review the 10,000+ comments submitted by individuals, organizations, and transportation agencies over the last three months and get to work on their final guidance for states and MPOs.
Your support is a big deal, and we thank everyone who spoke out with us. The system developed today will become a legacy for the national transportation program, and it’s important to get it right today. Your comments will shape discussions for years to come.
Rest assured: they’re going to see this upstairs.