Monday, September 12, 2011
ACTION ALERT: Contact Senators Nelson & Rubio TODAY to urge them to oppose amendment to eliminate federal bike/ped program
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 Senator Bill Nelson and Senator Marco Rubio 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. As we expect the Senate to move first, we are asking you to contact Senators Nelson and Rubio 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.
The League of American Bicyclists has made it easy. Just click here and it will take you to an e-mail already written to our Senators. Just type in your own address and zip code. It takes 30 seconds. Please do it TODAY.