|Senator Nelson (202-224-5274)|
|Senator Rubio (202-224-3041)|
Next week is one of the most critical weeks we've faced in decades. Both the House & Senate will be taking up major transportation bills, with much at stake for Florida and Lee County. Your voices are needed! Earlier this week, we urged the BikeWalkLee network to call Rep. Mack to urge him to vote NO on the House transportation bill. Now we need your help to improve the Senate transportation bill on the Senate floor next week.
The current Senate transportation bill dilutes walking and biking programs. To improve the bill, we’re asking senators to vote for the Cardin-Cochran amendment on the floor to guarantee local governments a voice in transportation decisions, allowing them to build sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways that keep people safe.
As written, the Senate’s transportation bill removes dedicated funding for walking and biking and allows state DOTs to opt-out of safe street programs. The Cardin-Cochran amendment would improve the bill by ensuring that local governments can apply directly for funds to build walking and biking infrastructure.
Call Senator Nelson (202-224-5274) & Senator Rubio (202-224-3041) to tell them:
- Local governments deserve a voice in transportation. The Cardin-Cochran amendment ensures that cities and counties have a voice in making transportation decisions for safer streets in their communities.
- Safety matters. Bicycle and pedestrian deaths make up 14% of all traffic fatalities, but only 1.5% of federal funds go towards making walking and biking safer. These programs provide funding for sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways that make streets safe for all users.
- Active transportation is a wise investment. Walking and biking infrastructure is low-cost, creates more jobs per dollar than any other kind of highway spending, and is critical to economic development for main street America.
Congress needs to know that that finding effective, efficient transportation solutions to keep people safe on the streets should be a national priority. Please contact your representative and senators today. For more information and updates, bookmark America BIkes’ website.
Thank you for all that you do to keep the streets safe!