Today and tomorrow, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee led by Senator Barbara Boxer is discussing what will go into the federal transportation bill, a decision that will effect the next 6 years. If you support walking and bicycling as safe modes of transportation, let her know your support. Ask her to save important programs like Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements, and Recreational Trails.
The League of American Bicyclists suggest the following talking point:
“I am one of your constituents and I want to thank you for always protecting bicycling and walking programs and to let you know that bicycling and walking need to be a part of the next transportation bill. Please ensure that Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and the Recreational Trails program continue with strong and dedicated funding as they are today.”
People for Bikes suggests the following talking points:
Senator Boxer has been a time-tested supporter of dedicated funding for bicycling and walking programs, specifically Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails.
This cost-effective federal investment has paid for bike lanes, bike paths, Safe Routes to School programs, paved and dirt trails, and bike bridges and
underpasses. It has supported thousands of bike/ped projects in all 50 states that make biking safer, more convenient and more appealing.
This year Americans will make more than 4 billion bike trips.
More than 11 percent of all U.S. trips are currently made on foot or by bike, while only 1.5 percent of transportation funding is spent on bicycling
The federal investment in bike infrastructure cuts road congestion, obesity, air pollution, and dependence on foreign oil.
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