Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Response from Senator Bill Nelson in support of Transportation Enhancement Porgram

It's great to see Senator Nelson's continued support for complete streets and the Transportation Enhancements (TE)program.

From: Bill@billnelson.senate.gov [mailto:Bill@billnelson.senate.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:03 AM
To: letournd@comcast.net
Subject: RE: Your response from Senator Bill Nelson

Dear Ms. Letourneau:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the recent amendment offered by Senator Coburn to H.R. 2887, the Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act, which sought to strip out funding for transportation enhancements such as bike trails and pedestrian improvements.

I recognize the importance of making streets accessible to everyone and ensuring that children are able to make it to school safely without a car or bus ride. To help achieve these goals, I am a cosponsor of both S.1056, the Safe and Complete Streets Act and of S. 800, the Safe Routes to School Reauthorization Act of 2011.

As you know, many of Florida's roads are not designed to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic. This problem has become more evident as the price of gas continues to fluctuate, and more people begin to use alternate forms of transportation. I believe we need to make our streets more accessible to all kinds of traffic, so that folks have safe options to get around without using a car. Not only does this help people save money on gas, it's also better for the environment and it encourages daily physical activity, such as walking and biking.

As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, I understand the importance of maintaining our nation’s transportation programs. I appreciate hearing your views. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future.

Senator Bill Nelson

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