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YELM: MAY IS BICYCLE MONTH –
MAYOR SAYS CITY’S AIR POLLUTION A FACTOR

On Tuesday, April 10th, “Mayor Harding and Yelm City Council approve Proclamation for Bicycle Commuter Month in May 2012 and encourage all citizens to put forth their best effort to reduce single-occupant motor vehicle trips to reduce air pollution, energy consumption and improve the general health and well-being of the community,” quoting the city’s website.

Harding states in his Procalmation:
“…strongly encourage all citizens to put forth their best effort to reduce single-occupant motor vehicle trips to reduce air pollution, energy consumption and improve the general health and well-being of the community.”

Editor’s note:
Air pollution from traffic associated with Yelm being in the top 10 Washington cities for growth has been discussed here many times as a quality of life issue. Now the City of Yelm acknowledges this problem!

Don’t you think July would have been a more appropriate Bike month in Yelm, since the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic comes through Yelm every July (July 14-15, 2012)?
Did Yelm REALLY have to follow the National Bike Month?
Why can’t this city be an individual & honor OUR local traditions?
HMMM!

Yelm Community Blogger Klein is a long-time, avid bicyclist.
Klein was the first registered owner in the 98597 zip code of the ground-breaking 2003 Honda Civic hybrid & 2011 all-electric, non-polluting Nissan LEAF.

Proclamation

WHEREAS, transportation accounts for half of the energy use in Washington State, over half of our States air pollution, and 60% of our carbon dioxide emissions; and

WHEREAS, bicycling is one of the most energy-efficient forms of transportation ever invented, and is a mode of transportation well suited to community environments where trips are short in length and overly congested roads are difficult and costly to expand; and

WHEREAS, bicycle commuting reduces energy consumption, pollution, and congestion; and

WHEREAS, bicycle commuting makes people healthier and more productive through exercise; and

WHEREAS, the national non-profit bicycling safety and education association, the League of American Bicyclists, has declared the month of May to be National Bike Month for each of the last fifty-five (55) years, and has done so again in 2012, and

WHEREAS, The City of Yelm has completed commercial collector roadway projects that include bike lanes, including bike lanes that connect to Yelm Middle School; and

WHEREAS, The City of Yelm encourages and supports both pedestrian and bike traffic through our development standards; and

WHEREAS, Intercity Transit, with co-sponsors the Capital Bicycling Club and many area businesses is hosting the 25th Annual Bicycle Commuter Contest during the month of May 2012.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ron Harding, Mayor of the City of Yelm, on behalf of the Yelm City Council, proclaim May 2012, as Bicycle Commuter Month in the City of Yelm, and strongly encourage all citizens to put forth their best effort to reduce single-occupant motor vehicle trips to reduce air pollution, energy consumption and improve the general health and well-being of the community.

Read more about May is National Bike Month from the League of American Bicyclists.

Posted by Steve on April 14, 2012 at 6:08 am | Permalink

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