Martha Coakley On Bikes

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 19

I was sent this email, which apparently originated with Jeff Roth of the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee. Personally I am shocked that Scott Brown (who if you don’t know is a very right wing republican teabagger) is even close in this election. Does Massachusetts really want to have a republican representing them in congress?! Get out on your bikes, and vote for Martha, the future of transportation funding, gay rights, women’s right, abortion rights, health care reform, environmental reform, and a whole host of other issues will be thrown down the drain if Scott Brown wins. That simply can not happen.

From Bike Lexington list:

Hi All – For the US senate election tomorrow, I queried Scott Brown and Martha Coakley to find out their positions or support for bicycle transportation in the Commonwealth and nationwide. I got a response back from Martha Coakley, but not from Scott Brown. I contacted Scott Brown in multiple manners by email and phone, but he neglected to respond with any statement of his support or his position.

The response below is from Martha Coakley’s campaign committee. She even mentioned the Minuteman Bikeway!

From: Issues Issues
Sent: Sat, January 16, 2010 4:18:32 PM
Subject: Re: bicycle transportation: seeking Martha Coakley position for Bay State and nationwide

Dear Mr. Roth,

Thank you for writing into the campaign about this issue. We appreciate hearing from you.

As a person who cares very much about the environment and public health, Martha’s interests and priorities are in line with the Massachusettscycling community. Martha cares deeply about developing alternative forms of energy and about energy conservation, both to promote a healthy environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. (see her energy & environment plan here). She understands that a commitment to protecting the environment and a commitment to alternative forms of transportation certainly go hand-in-hand.

In short, Martha agrees that promoting cycling as a transportation alternative is good for the Commonwealth’s economy, businesses, environment, and public health. She is proud that Massachusetts is home to the most used rail-to-trail bikeway in the country (The Minuteman Trail) and she knows that we need to make main thoroughfares, not just dedicated bikeways, safer for all.

If she is victorious on Tuesday, she looks forward to working with your group and others with similar interests to see what kind of federal support and policies will be productive — for example, you mention wheel friendly draining gates. We admit that is not on our radar screen, which is why dialogue like this is so important.

Also, we agree that having something on the website about this may have been useful, but at this late date with the election so close it won’t be possible to put your suggestion into action. Thanks for it nonetheless.

Thanks again for writing.

Please don’t forget to vote on Jan. 19.


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5 Responses to “Martha Coakley On Bikes”

  1. By Dan on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    An election promise isn’t really worth anything. candidates will say whatever you want to hear to get your vote.

    What’s her record as DA and AG on cycling issues?

  2. By Boston Biker on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    I am pretty sure DA, and AG don’t have a voice in policy making…

  3. By Dan on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    They do, indirectly, by choosing which cases to prosecute. They can also lobby for or against clemency for prisoners. They can file suit to challenge federal law.

  4. By mtalinm on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    I find your characterization of our new senator-elect to be offensive. It was a fair fight, and the Coakley campaign completely blew it…not just strategically, but with her elitist, dismissive comments.

    Why do so many cyclists assume that anyone on two wheels is a left-winger? Good grief.

  5. By mtalinm on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry. what I should have said is, “Can we please keep the politics off of this otherwise-useful blog?”

    Kindly delete my previous comment.

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