Updated 9/16/2011: Transportation enhancement funding has been preserved in the 6 month funding extension passed on 9/15/2011 by a 92-6 vote. If you contacted your senators, thank you very much for helping win this one and overcome the objections of one senator.
The Alliance for Biking and Walking is asking for our support
This year, around $700 million of Federal transportation funds, which is less than 2 percent of total transportation dollars, will be spent on bicycling and walking. In 2012 that figure might be a big fat zero. Please contact your Senators TODAY and let them know you support continued funding for biking and walking.
In the next few days, Senator Coburn will ask Congress to eliminate the federal Transportation Enhancements program – the primary funding source for the past 20 years for bike lanes, trails, bike racks on buses, bike education etc. This isn’t safe or smart; it’s not good for the economy or the environment; this is bad health policy and bad transportation policy. But they are going to try because they don’t think bicycling matters.
Even though bicycling projects create more jobs per dollar than highway-only projects and cutting enhancements won’t impact the deficit – the money just won’t be spent on bicycling – some Members of Congress want to force us backwards to a 1950s highway-only mindset: as if oil embargoes, congestion, smog, the obesity epidemic and climate change never happened.
Now is the time to save biking and walking. So, we are asking you to contact your Senator and urge them to support continued funding for biking and walking. Don’t let them take away this vital investment program for smart, sustainable, safe transportation choices.
Jeremy Grandstaff, Director of Member Services
This is the first of what will likely be many calls to action in as we head into 2012. Believe it or not, contacting our senators DOES make a difference. So please, take a few minutes and tell them your story. Explain to them why it’s important to support something other than infrastructure geared towards automobiles.