AARP Praises Reps. Israel, Gibson, Reed and Katko for Significant Pedestrian Safety Measures in New Law
AARP today praised Representatives Steve Israel (NY-3), Chris Gibson (NY-19), Tom Reed (NY-23) and John Katko (NY-24) for successfully advocating that the new federal transportation law include a critical provision aimed at curtailing fatal pedestrian accidents.
More than one in five individuals age 65 and older do not drive and need a variety of options to stay connected to their communities. That is nearly 8 million people in need of safer streets where they can walk and bicycle close to their home. AARP believes state and regional planners as well as traffic engineers should consider the needs of all users as they age. That means improving roadways and intersections and including other livable community features to improve safety. This includes focusing on improving sidewalks, proper crosswalk signal timing and bicycle lanes.
Today, U.S. Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH) announced their reintroduction of HR 2071, The Safe Streets Act, to ensure that streets and intersections are designed with adequate pedestrian safeguards in mind. As a part of its efforts to make certain federal transportation infrastructure investments provide safe travel for all, AARP fully supports this important, bipartisan legislation and urges Congress to include it in its rewrite of the surface transportation bill.
AARP Connecticut commends U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) for her leadership to make roads safer for all users by cosponsoring The Safe Streets Act, HR 2071, which was reintroduced in the House today. As a part of its efforts to make certain federal transportation infrastructure investments provide safe travel for all, AARP fully supports this important, bipartisan legislation and urges Congress to include it in its rewrite of the surface transportation bill.
Issues Include Bipartisan Older Americans Act, Medicare, Age Discrimination, Transportation Safety and More WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP Kansas visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help Americans live their best lives. Visits to the offices of Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Tim Huelscamp, Mike Pompeo, Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder took place to discuss a variety of issues crucial to older Americans.
AARP Connecticut volunteers and staff are visiting Capitol Hill today during Older Americans Month to urge CT's Congressional delegation to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, which can help Americans live their best lives. State Director Nora Duncan and volunteer State President, Laura Green, will make visits to the offices of U.S. Senator Chris Murphy D-CT, and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty to discuss a variety of issues crucial to older Americans.
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