February 19, 2011
"Listening" Session-United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure
The United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Chaired by John Mica (FL-7), will be hosting a number of "Listening Sessions" around the country. And, one of their many stops is here is Indianapolis. While they weren't very timely or forthcoming with information about the event, we can finally tell you a few details. When: Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Where: Indianapolis City County Building, Room T-260, 200 E Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204 You needed to RSVP to the event by Thursday (three days ago) so the deadline is past. We also know that according to Congressman Larry Buschon's (IN-8) office, member of this committee and organizer of the event, that while they are calling it a "listening" meeting, there will be no public comments allowed. Really?!?! I guess there will be "listening", us listening to them about what we need. Buschon's office said the space was extremely limited and they didn't think it was feasible for everyone to speak; so they designated people to speak for us. His office also stated that they could not tell me who these people are, but upon pressing, they said that there would be a representative from every congressional member in Indiana as well as a few local politicians (i.e. Mayor Ballard who is a supporter of bicycle infrastructure). While we (INDYCOG) have really appreciated what Mayor Ballard has done for us (cyclists), the majority of the state has some relatively backwards thinking politicians, which have done little to improve the quality of life for the state's bicyclists, pedestrians, and non-driving public. It reminds me of a quote I once heard, "If you always do what you've done, you will always get what you've got". So no, it doesn't make sense to listen to the the politicians that have steered us to the place where we are now, in regards to transportation. We would like to hear new and fresh ideas about our transportation system and how it should include bicycles, pedestrians, and transit. Today we would like to invite all the bike riding public downtown to the City-County building to show support for pro-bicycle and pedestrian policies in Indiana and the Nation. Where: Indianapolis City County Building, Entrance-Northside, 200 E Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204 When: Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you get downtown before 3, please consider meeting up at the Tomlinson Tap Room in the City Market (across the street). Remember, if you would like to go into the City-County Bldg, you need to ensure that you have as little metal as possible because they are sticklers on security. Bring a lock and you can always stash stuff at the tap room (they won't be held responsible but I'm sure someone can look out for your stuff). Feel free to prepare a written statement, in case there is any "press", wear your bike pin, INDYCOG or bike t-shirt, tattoo a bike on your forehead, whatever works... Also, if you are unhappy about the format of this meeting or you have ideas or concerns about transportation funding/policy please contact Congressman Larry Bucshon's (IN-8) office since he is a Member of the Committee and the Indiana Delegation. Please ask or write to Teresa Buckley - Teresa.firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-225-4636. Furthermore, please be respectful and pleasant but don't hesitate to express your disappointment & frustration. We hope to see you today.