April 11 – Highway 1 Day of Action

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*BANNER MAKING WORKSHOPS* coming up – Abbotsford, date/time TBA (check back)

Want to help make some history?

“Rail For The Valley” and “Better Transit, Not Freeways” Present…

April 11 – HIGHWAY 1 DAY OF ACTION

Gateway to what?!

On Saturday, April 11, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, join with others across the region in hoisting banners above Highway 1 for sensible, sustainable transportation solutions… on overpasses all the way from Eagleridge Bluffs in West Vancouver, to Chilliwack!

google map of locations:

http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=115203212304539598492.0004649dd0df789f8924f&z=9

For quite some time now, people across the Fraser Valley have been speaking out, strongly and continuously, for Rail for the Valley.

The public is in near-unanimous agreement that a service is long overdue, and that we must start building a passenger rail network for the Fraser Valley TODAY. Many of us have worked tirelessly to convince our governments of this necessity. After much patient lobbying, however, it appears the only thing our provincial government is interested in south of the Fraser – is “Gateway” highway expansion projects.

The government’s current idea of “balanced infrastructure spending” for the Fraser Valley appears to be: a $3.3 billion 10-lane bridge… and Rapid buses to Abbotsford by 2030 – this is the exclusively rubber-on-road Gateway agenda.

A Gateway to what, we might ask? A Gateway to complete automobile dependency, and a gateway to no rail for the valley. While governments the world over are now making wise investments in light rail infrastructure, in BC we are building bridges, and tearing them down. Meanwhile, the Interurban rail line sits there, waiting, mostly unused.

When will we get long-overdue passenger rail service for the Fraser Valley? Commuters are supposed to cheer the temporary relief of traffic congestion on the new Port Mann bridge, while the light rail needs of the valley, and the united pleas of residents across the region, are completely ignored.

Citizens of the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland, the time has come to make some history!

On Saturday, April 11, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, join others across the region hoisting banners on Highway 1 overpasses, from Eagleridge Bluffs in West Vancouver, all the way out to Chilliwack.

There are many individuals and groups throughout the Lower Mainland who are opposed to our government’s singular focus on highway expansion, and are in support of sensible, sustainable transportation solutions for the Lower Mainland. You are welcome to join us on this historic Day of Action, and make this a success all the way from West Vancouver to Chilliwack! (Please forward this widely, to anyone who may be interested.)

Contact John Buker (railforthevalley@gmail.com) or David Fields (cleanairradio@gmail.com) to “adopt an overpass” near you, or join with others. Be sure to sign-up your friends and family, and even your organization and business.

Banners for the Day of Action can be made at workshops (see details below) or you can bring your own.

Check our Highway 1 Day of Action Google Map to see locations. We’ll keep it up to date and you can see which overpasses still need “adopting” –

http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=115203212304539598492.0004649dd0df789f8924f&z=9

More details:

More banner-making workshops to be announced.

– We would like the ability to contact each location by cell phone. Please share your number with us if you have one.

– Not all overpasses along Highway 1 may be suitable for bannering. We will continue scouting locations over the coming days and if we find that your location is risky we will suggest another location.

– Contact John (railforthevalley@gmail.com) or David (cleanairradio@gmail.com) for further details.

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