Bike/pedestrian transportation funding at risk, group says
The folks at Safe Routes to School National Partnership
are encouraging bike and pedestrian friendly transportation supporters to contact their Congressional leaders and urge them to support those modalities as well.
"The House Transportation Committee will vote Thursday, Feb. 2, on whether to approve (the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act
) or amend it to include bicycling and walking programs," the organization posted on its website. "House leaders are exerting pressure to completely cut bicycling and walking out of transportation. Lawmakers seem to have gone through line-by-line to gut programs that make streets safer."
According to the group, the bill would:
- Remove dedicated funding to Transportation Enhancements;
- Repeal the Safe Routes to School program, leaving communities without the basic tools and funding needed by kids heading to school;
- Eliminate bicycle, pedestrian and Safe Routes to School coordinators in state transportation agencies; and
- Allow states to build bridges without safe access for cyclists and pedestrians.
Find your representative and submit an online form letter at http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/7093/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9331