Target: Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland
Goal: Encourage Mayor of Cleveland to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by implementing a bike sharing program
“Bike sharing” has become a buzzword in many major cities over the past few years, part of a movement toward improving citizens’ health while also reducing the city’s carbon footprint. Bike sharing is a shared ownership program wherein people can pick up bicycles from various hubs throughout the city, bike to their destination, and then put them back in another hub. It usually costs a small fee, or people can buy a timed membership.
There is a laundry list of benefits to creating a bike sharing program. People who normally bike do not have to worry about theft, as they are not the owners. The program also encourages citizens to use bicycling as an alternate mode of transportation. It is more environmental friendly than driving or even taking public transportation, and it’s a form of active transport—you are working out while you’re commuting.
Many major cities have already adopted bike sharing programs, including New York, Chicago, London, Vienna, and more. Cleveland has been debating implementing a bike sharing program for the past few years, based on the argument that the city does not have sufficient bike lanes. However, the bike sharing program would only begin in conjunction with the addition of 70 miles of bike lanes throughout the city, a previous proposal that negates the only argument against this eco-friendly program.
Bike sharing programs have worked incredibly well in other cities when there are proper bike lanes, and Cleveland residents would benefit greatly from an increase in physical activity and a reduction in carbon emissions. Urge the Mayor of Cleveland to consider the health and well-being of his city’s residents and push this bike sharing program into action.
Dear Mayor Jackson,
Bike sharing is becoming quite popular in cities across the globe, as it provides a multitude of benefits related to sustainable practices and healthy living. This type of program is also incredibly convenient since commuters do not have to waste time finding a parking spot or waiting for the bus. While it is an undertaking for a city to implement such a program, the benefits far outweigh any costs or negative aspects.
Therefore, we are calling on you, Mayor Jackson, to put into place the bike sharing program plan that your city has created. With the proposed addition of 70 miles of bike lanes, the bike sharing program will be a safe and healthy option of transport for the people of Cleveland.
[Your Name Here]
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