Will Your Representative Defend Trails and Bike/Ped Programs?
A summary of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's "Transportation Reauthorization Proposal," like the Senate bill announced in November, proposes to eliminate the requirement for federal set-aside for programs that have provided the majority of trail, walking, and bicycling funding in the United States. http://atfiles.org/files/pdf/house-transportation-preview.pdf
When introduced, the House bill will be designated as, "The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act." This bill could be voted on by the Committee this week:
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Markup of "The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act"
Thursday, February 2, 2012; 9:00 a.m. EASTERN
2167 Rayburn House Office Building
Attend the live webcast of the markup at http://transportation.house.gov/
There is strength in numbers and we need to present a unified voice for trails, to tell their story, to present their endless benefits, and to make the case for funding them. We urge you to contact your Representative and stress the importance of dedicated funding for Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) -- essential programs that make trails and active transportation possible and that are vital to your local efforts.
Please see if your member of Congress is on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee:
Republican Members: House T & I Committee members http://transportation.house.gov/singlepages.aspx/763
Democratic Members: House T & I Committee members http://democrats.transportation.house.gov/about/membership
If your Representative IS on the Committee, please call or email their office ASAP and ask them to preserve dedicated funding for these critical trail and bike/ped programs.
If your Representative ISN'T on the Committee, their support is still vital! Please remind them of local projects that have benefited their District. Ask them to encourage T & I Committee members to preserve these programs. Also, they will have a vote when the bill goes before the full House.
Contact your Representative by visiting this website: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Spread the word through your networks!
Funding spent on trails, bike/ped facilities, parks, and outdoor recreation is a sound investment in the country's economy.
Bicycling and walking make up 12 percent of all trips, but only 1.5 percent of federal funding.
One-quarter of children's traffic deaths happen when they are walking or bicycling and are struck by cars. Safe Routes to School funds help ensure funding for critical sidewalks, crosswalks, and safety infrastructure to protect children and prevent unnecessary deaths.
The more bicycles on the road; the fewer cars needed -- resulting in less congestion, better air quality, and reduced road repair work needed.
The health of our children, as well as our cities, will depend on expanding transportation choices and preserving trails, open space, parks, and places for recreation.
Read more about the benefits of trails and find talking points to help you make the case for trails and bike/ped facilities on the American Trails website...
Check the American Trails "Supporting Trails" webpage often for the latest news regarding Reauthorization.
Time is of the essence! Please pass this message on through your networks!
Thank you, in advance, for your support and swift action!
Pam Gluck, Executive Director