200,000. That’s the population of Des Moines, Iowa. It’s the sum of iPhone apps developed in the last year. And, as of today, it’s the number of Americans who have signed the PFB pledge. That’s 200,000 people who are pledging their name in support of a better future for bicycling — one that is safer and more fun for anyone who wants to ride a bike!
200,000: could this be the largest group to ever unite behind bicycling? Perhaps. We know one thing for sure: when we speak with one voice, we’re a force to be reckoned with.
Last month, we asked you to write a simple note to your U.S. Representative affirming your interest in safe and convenient bicycling. We wanted you to encourage your member of Congress to support ongoing, federal funding for bike paths, bike lanes, trails, and crucial programs like Safe Routes to School.
Your amazing response blew us away!! In the first 24 hours, you sent 12,500 personal emails to members of Congress. In a little more than a week, you sent 20,000 individual notes. Some U.S. Representatives and Senators received more than 500 letters each!
12,500 personal letters to Congress in a single day must be a record for U.S. bike advocacy. It proves the power (and the potential) of our movement.
Your remarkable effort, coupled with the work of our other pro-bike partners, has so far kept bicycling out of the crosshairs of federal budget cuts. Cost-effective investments in bicycling boost our economy, help individuals and government agencies save money, and directly address key societal challenges such as obesity and road congestion. In these tough economic times, our federal government can only afford to invest in solutions that solve multiple problems. Bicycling fits the bill!
We want to thank you all for your steady support — pledge signers, our sponsors Humana and SRAM, and our many partners in the bike world and the advocacy realm. We’ll keep you informed as PFB mobilizes, grows and thrives in 2011.