CITY OF YELM 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-six (56) years, and has done so again in 2013, and
WHEREAS, The City of Yelm has completed commercial collector roadway projects that include bike lanes that connect major residential communities to Yelm Middle and High School; and
WHEREAS, The City of Yelm encourages and supports both pedestrian and bike traffic through our development standards; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor of the City of Yelm, on behalf of the Yelm City Council, proclaim May 2013, 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.
While Yelm does nothing but issue an annual Proclamation, Thurston County, Olympia and other groups are active with cycling websites, events and information, as noted via the hotlinks this blogger placed above.
Yelm does nothing annually except issues a huff-puff Proclamation and provide police coverage for the annual Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic passing thorough town, this year on July 13-14.