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Kissell Discusses Importance of Road Safety, Bicycling with Local Cyclists

Location: Washington, DC

Representative Larry Kissell (NC-08) recently welcomed a group of local cyclists from the North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance to the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The group was in town for the 2012 National Bike Summit, and to discuss safe routes and paths for community members and school children.

"We are blessed with such beautiful surroundings in North Carolina and there are few things I enjoy more than getting out for a long bike ride," said Kissell. "It's so important that folks have the ability to choose their mode of transportation, whether it's for commuting to work or school, exercise or for leisure. Encouraging communities to support alternative transportation can benefit our environment, help to alleviate traffic congestion and promote safe and healthy communities. It also gives folks who don't own a car the ability to get to work, which can mean the difference in finding and keeping a job."

The North Carolina Transportation Alliance advocates for alternative transportation choices and the expansion of bicycle and pedestrian pathways in local communities. The National Bike Summit, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, brings cyclists from across the country to Washington to promote bicycle-friendly living.

"We truly appreciate Congressman Kissell's support to help make the district and cities in the district healthier, safer places for people to work, recreate, and live," said Tom Fraser of Kannapolis, member of the Tarheel TrailBlazers Mountain Bike Club in Charlotte.

The group supports "Safe Routes to School," an initiative to build sidewalks to allow school children to walk or bike to school safely and educate local communities on pedestrian and bicycle safety. Kissell is a member of the Congressional Bike Caucus, a bipartisan group of more than 200 members of Congress who work to promote bicycle safety and expand access to safe bicycle paths in local communities.

"The safety of our children has to remain a priority above all," added Kissell. "I'm committed to making sure our communities have the resources they need to provide safe paths to schools and educate young folks about important transportation safety precautions."

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