If you reside OR work in any of these Districts, we hope you will reach out at a Town Hall budget meeting or by sending an email to let them know that you:
1. Oppose the reduction in Bicycle Funding proposed in the City Managers initial budget.
2. Support MORE investment in safe, effective & connected mobility infrastructure for all of Dallas.
3. Support the Connect Dallas: Strategic Mobility Plan
Enter your address on the City of Dallas GIS map, linked below.
Then click 'Council District' on the right and click your Council Representative's name.
You'll be taken to their page at dallascityhall.com where you'll see their email address (or their assistant's email) to the left.
A recommended template to get you started. Feel free to use in whole or edit to your liking.
Dear Councilmember ________,
I live / work in your district and bicycle infrastructure is important to me & to our city as a whole.
Biking is important, now more than ever. It's especially important to:
- our health during COVID
- transportation for essential workers
- jumping start the economy after COVID
Bikes have always been important for health, transportation and the economy. Now we're even seeing that fewer cars on the road can have a major impact on our air quality, pollution and
resiliency of our city.
Let's be clear though, bicycle lanes and trails aren't just for the wealthy suburbs. These critical infrastructure investments are essential transportation for our youth, our elderly, and those in our community dependent on wheelchair mobility. Bike lanes and trails are about mobility and equity.
We need this investment in bicycle and mobility now more than ever.
Bicycle infrastructure has been funded at $500,000 each year until the 2018-2019 budget. At that time, the City Manager proposed an increase to $1 million, recommending increases of $500,000 for the following two years to reach $2 million by the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
However, at 9 years after the 2011 Bike Plan, intended to be a 10 year implementation, the City has completed less than 15% of the plan. This year's budget proposal would cut the budget back to $500,000 again. Something is clearly wrong here.
The City's Connect Dallas: Strategic Mobility Plan is a great step in the right direction.
Let's focus on this place of critical need now, as a tool to reboot our economy, to help out those in the community who have lost jobs, cars and homes during of this economic crisis, and build a stronger more resilient city as we move past this pandemic.
Mayor Eric Johnson's August 14th email newsletter mentioned the bike budget right off the bat.
We've heard other Council Representatives make similar comments at recent Budget Town Hall meetings and are hopeful to see the proposed budget be updated in the coming weeks.
Council meetings are scheduled for Sept 9th and 16th. The final amendments to the budget will be made Sept 16th. Sign up to speak on behalf of bicycle infrastructure funding!
Engage your neighbors, friends, and coworkers who live of work in the City of Dallas to reach out to their reps as well.