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Portland Green Streets News Letter

News from the Green Streets initiative in Portland, Maine

  
  


PGS Social at MaST General Meeting – Oct. 25th

Portland Green Streets is excited for the upcoming MaST General Meeting on October 25th. Please read the below announcement from MaST. PGS is considering this our October social, so we hope to see you there!

We Need Your Help to Coordinate Transportation Advocacy in the Greater Portland Region!

We don’t want the change of MAST to a more well-developed statewide organization to leave a vacuum of coordinated transportation advocacy in the Portland region.  Greater Portland is rich with individuals and organizations working towards sustainable transportation options.  With so much activity, it is crucial we are able to combine our advocacy efforts.  The health of our community, economy, and environment depend on our actions.  Do we want a transit rider union?  How can we get more funding for active transportation and transit?  How can we put pressure on local planning agencies and the towns in the Portland area to provide sustainable transportation options? On Tuesday October 25th from 6-8pm, please join us to:

·       Hear from the Livable Streets Alliance (Boston area) regarding their regional transportation advocacy work and structure
·       Meet representatives from local and state-wide organizations working on transportation issues
·       Discuss how to best coordinate transportation advocacy efforts in the Portland region
·       Define next steps for our local advocacy work
 
The venue will be Peloton Labs, at 795 Congress Street Portland Maine.
Please send an RSVP to silas.paul.arch@gmail.com to let us know you are coming!





Join in the October 2011 “Portland Business Commuter Challenge”!

The October 2011 “Portland Business Commuter Challenge” is a friendly, grassroots competition among businesses where everyone wins. At stake are a handful of fun incentives, a chance to use and promote more sustainable transportation choices and an opportunity to make your business greener.

To play, businesses promote the challenge and encourage their employees to try biking, walking, carpooling or taking the bus to work in October. To be able to win, the walkers, bikers and riders then log into GO MAINE and record their participation. In the first week of November we’ll tally the results and name the winning commuters and businesses.

Take the challenge and see how many trips to or from work your employees can take commuting another way (bike, walk, carpool, bus). For more information visit http://gomaine.org/09/the-portland-business-commute-challenge/  or contact Erik West at erik@GOMAINE.org.





Know Your Rights – A Message from MaST

As sustainable transportation advocates, Green Streeters should know the rights and protections under federal and Maine state laws that apply to car-free transportation. The Maine Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MaST) is working to share this information with the public. For a summary, please read MaST’s statement below and visit their website for additional information.

Maine Alliance for Sustainable Transportation states: “Living car-free should not make you a second-class citizen.  Accessibility rights would ensure that individuals who cannot or choose not to drive can enjoy equal access to opportunities as auto-mobile individuals. Opportunities include shopping, educational facilities, public amenities, employment, recreational areas, and all other destinations.  While this concept of accessibility rights is rooted in existing legislation, there are currently no explicit legal protections or rights for car-free individuals.  In most of the United States, car-free individuals experience significant barriers to opportunities, practically necessitating automobile ownership.

It is important to know your rights and protections under federal and Maine state laws.  All transportation projects receiving federal funds are required to have a public participation process to ensure that the project is completed to title 6 and the National Environmental Policy Act.  Individuals and organizations’ participation in the transportation planning process is critical to making sure we have a sustainable transportation future.

The Maine Alliance for Sustainable Transportation works with decision makers to ensure that Mainers have access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable transportation. MaST strives to defend, expand and improve sustainable transportation options through advocacy, policy initiatives, and public outreach.  To learn more, visit http://www.mainesustainabletransport.com/





Using Green Transportation this Month?

As always, please sign in now here if you plan to use one of those alternate modes to get around this Green Streets Day – Friday, July 29th!

And don’t forget to check out the Portland Green Streets Calendar for exciting upcoming transportation-related events in Greater Portland.


      In this issue:

PGS Social at MaST General Meeting – Oct. 25th


Join in the October 2011 “Portland Business Commuter Challenge”!


Know Your Rights – A Message from MaST


Using Green Transportation this Month?