AHA-Twin Cities board member Debra Rectenwald writes in a letter to the editor in Sunday’s Pioneer Press that Minnesota lawmakers have the unique opportunity this session to lay the groundwork for a modern transportation system by including "greater investment in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure…" #FundBikePedinMN Check out the letter below!
3M: bicycle friendly
I am proud that my company, 3M, is one of the 58 Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Minnesota. As part of our culture of wellness, I encourage my colleagues to walk and bike to promote camaraderie among our team and overall health. We know that people who are more physically active have fewer health problems, greater productivity and can help us reduce health care costs, which have grown sharply.
However, more must be done in our communities to make it safer to walk and bike. With just weeks left in the Legislature's session, lawmakers have a unique opportunity this year to chart a new course and lay the groundwork for a modern transportation system -- one that provides real transportation choices. I support greater investment in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure throughout our communities to make walking and biking more accessible for my colleagues and all Minnesotans. I truly hope the Legislature feels the same.
Debra Rectenwald, Inver Grove Heights
The writer is vice president and general manager of the Abrasive Systems Division at 3M and a board member of the American Heart Association-Twin Cities.