It’s serious: elimination of funding for biking and walking looms

Funding for programs that have done so much to support bicycling and walking for almost two decades are seriously threatened.  The House members of the conference committee charged with drafting new transportation legislation want to eliminate local governments’ ability to access federal funds for small transportation projects.

It’s unbelievable, but House members of the conference committee are insisting that any new federal transportation bill allow states to opt out of bicycling and walking and Safe Routes to School funding.

We can’t let that happen!

The existing legislation expires June 30 so you must act today.

Please tell your Representative and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand:

  • Maintain the Cardin-Cochran agreement from the Senate’s version of the bill, MAP-21. Cardin-Cochran is a bipartisan compromise that gives local governments a voice in transportation planning by having the option to compete for a small portion of “Additional Activities” funds that can be used for Safe Routes to School and Transportation Enhancements-type programs.
  • Biking and walking programs enjoy overwhelming bi-partisan support. A national poll conducted in March 2012 by the Princeton Survey Research Associates showed that 83 percent of all Americans, including 88 percent of Democrats and 80 percent of Republicans, support maintaining or increasing federal investments in biking and walking.

We’ve asked and you’ve responded, but please make a call one more time.  Our elected officials need to hear your strong support for funding for trails, biking and walking.

Thank you.

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