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The America Bikes coalition — a national coalition of biking and walking advocacy organizations — is in the process of creating a 2013 platform. The coalition would like your ideas about how to accomplish the following three goals:

  1. The nationwide percentage of trips made by bikes will increase to 5 percent (from 1 percent in 2012), and the diversity of people on bikes will mirror the diversity of America;
  2. Traffic injuries and fatalities (in all modes) will decrease by 50 percent;
  3. Half of all Americans will have front-door access to a bicycling network that will take them to destinations within two miles exclusively on low-stress streets, lanes, and trails -- protected from high-speed traffic.

The coalition is asking for ideas about how to accomplish these three goals both on the federal level (i.e., working in Congress and the Department of Transportation on actions such as passing a federal Complete Streets policy) and on the national level (i.e., working through coordinated state and local campaigns on actions such as Complete Streets policies in 25 states).

On this page, you can add your idea and vote on others' ideas. To add an idea, type your idea in the suggestion box below. (You will need to create an account if you haven't already.) In the title, be sure to specify whether your idea is a federal policy priority or a national priority

To vote on other peoples' ideas, click an idea's title and check the boxes to mark it as "good," "bad," "important," "easy," or "impractical." You can also comment on other peoples' ideas. 

National: Pass three-foot passing laws in every state

Every state should have a law saying that motorists need to pass bicyclists with at least 3 feet of space. We have one in DC and it works great.

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Create dedicated funding for bicycling and walking

In the next transportation bill, Congress should re-establish dedicated funding for biking and walking. 

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