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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Esty Delivers Remarks at National Bike Summit 2018

March 6, 2018
Press Release
Vice-Ranking Member of Transportation Committee calls for better data to improve transit and quality of life

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), vice-ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, delivered remarks to the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit this morning. According to the organization’s website, the League has represented American bicyclists since 1880 and today supports an estimated 57 million riders nationwide.

 
Esty speaks to the 2018 National Bike Summit.

“Bikes are part of the solution to healing our communities,” Esty said. “Bikes on streets mean safer roads and communities for everyone. My bipartisan data bill would help planners factor the availability of bike, walking, and transit-accessible jobs in their decisions and ensure that we’re best connecting people to their daily needs. By committing ourselves to responsible, bike-friendly development, we can foster the kinds of multi-modal communities young people want to live in and businesses want to invest in long into the future.”

Esty is the co-author of the bipartisan Transportation Access and System Connection Act, legislation to improve the ways governments collect data on how well people are able to get to and from work and errands each day. Studies estimate that only 20% of trips and 30% of Vehicle Miles Traveled are to and from work, meaning that studies focusing on work-related transportation alone fail to account for a large number of trips. 

In late 2017, Esty also founded the bipartisan Congressional Road Safety Caucus in an effort to reduce fatalities and serious injuries related to traffic accidents. While bicyclists account for 1% of all trips in the United States, many are at significantly higher risk of crash-related injury and death than occupants in motor vehicles. 

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