Target: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo
Goal: Support citywide bike riding initiative to drastically limit pollution.
The City of Lights has found itself battling a cloud of debilitating smog for years, despite instituting car-centric legislation time and again in an effort to keep its pollution under control. Speed limits in Paris have been temporarily lowered, $11,000 incentives to trade in gas cars for electric ones have been offered and driving in city limits has been banned during times of peak air pollution. While progressive, these initiatives have not done enough to mitigate the city’s pollution problem, so the city is considering going one step farther with a $164.5 million plan to make Paris a bike city. Sign this petition in support of this innovative proposal.
The plan hopes to reach its goals of creating a more bike-friendly atmosphere in the city by 2020 by installing five bike highways across the city, each with its own protective barrier, double the city’s bike lanes and create 50 miles of new routes throughout Paris. In addition to the new and improved routes and roads, the speed limit for cars would be lowered to 18 miles per hour to riders safer, the city would offer a financial incentive for those buying electric bikes and 10,000 bike parking spots would be created. The plan’s supporters hope to triple bike trips from 5 to 15 percent of commutes.
The plan is bold not only in its impressive goals, but in its approach to clean transportation. Rather than restricting the use of gas-powered vehicles, the proposed approach simply makes the clean choice easier and safer, presenting incentives rather than guilt campaigns. The plan also works to consider the entire commute, rather than individual sections of the ride by ensuring interconnected lanes and highways can keep a steady flow of bike traffic moving safely and efficiently around the city.
Add your name to this petition encouraging both the initiative in Paris and future plans like it around the world.
Dear Mayor Hidalgo,
The bike initiative recently announced in Paris is an encouraging step forward for a city at its wit’s end over an insufferable pollution problem. Rather than discouraging commuters from driving, the plan brilliantly gives them a safe, easy and healthy alternative by making bike riders a priority.
It will be a long haul to reach the 15 percent bike-only commuter goal set in the plan by 2020, and even that number is far below Amsterdam’s 43 percent. Huge and innovative moves often take great effort, however, and Paris seems to be on the right track.
I support and applaud this important initiative.
[Your Name Here]
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