Tuesday, January 31, 2012

ACTION ALERT: Call Rep. Mack & ask him to support bike/ped programs

All our national partners in Washington have issued red alerts today about the new House transportation bill.  On Thursday morning, the Committee will mark-up the bill and an amendment will be offered by Congressman Petri (R-WI) to restore bike/ped programs to the bill.  It's critical that advocates call Rep. Mack's office at 202-225-2536 on WEDNESDAY (2/1) to urge him to support the amendment. 

Below is the alert sent out by the League of American Bicyclists. 

Today, the House releases its transportation bill, the American Energy and Infrastructure Act. Please click here to contact your member of Congress.

Last week, we knew the bill would be bad news for biking and walking. But we didn’t think it would go so far as to completely cut every reference to bicycling and walking out of the federal transportation policy.
House leadership is pressing to eliminate bicycling and walking in the Transportation bill:
  • Destroys Transportation Enhancements by making the program optional
  • Repeals the Safe Routes to School program, reversing years of progress in creating safe ways for kids to walk and ride bicycles to school
  • Allows states to build bridges without safe access for pedestrians and bicycles
  • Eliminates bicycle and pedestrian coordinators in state DOTs
  • Eliminates language that insures that rumble strips “do not adversely affect the safety or mobility of bicyclists, pedestrians or the disabled” 
But we can still save biking and walking in this bill. This week in the Transportation Committee, Representatives Petri (R-WI) and Johnson (R-IL) will stand up for bicycling and walking by offering an amendment that restores dedicated funding for Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School.  Mr. Petri and Mr. Johnson can only be successful if everyone with a stake in safe sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways contacts their Representative on the Transportation Committee again today to urge them to vote YES on the Petri /Johnson amendment! If your Representative is not on the committee, please ask them to urge their colleagues to vote for the amendment.

This is as urgent as it gets.  Even if we do win this amendment, there will be a long road ahead.  But if we lose here, we risk losing decades of progress.
We know we are asking a lot of you and we thank you for all you’re doing to preserve biking and walking.

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