We aren't exaggerating when we say this has never been more urgent.
Click this link to contact your member of Congress in support of bicycling and walking:
Thursday, February 2nd, the Transportation Infrastructure committee in the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on our nation's next multiyear surface transportation bill.
There is no way to spin this: From the perspective of bicycling, walking, and trails, the bill is a total disaster.
Among its worst features:
* It eliminates dedicated funding for the Transportation Enhancements (TE), the nationa's largest funding source for bicycling, walking, and trails facilities - funding which has provided hundreds of key bicycle, pedestrian, and trails projects in Missouri since 1991.
* It removes the rail-trail category from TE eligibility - funding which made projects like the Katy Trail
* It complete eliminates funding for the Safe Routes to School program - funding which has provided sidewalks, crosswalks, and trails to safely connect neighborhoods to over 150 Missouri schools since 2006.
* It eliminates funding for the bicycle and pedestrian coordinators at state DOTs - a position that has helped MoDOT integrate bicycling and walking into its planning, funding, and policies.
In short, the bill eliminates everything the federal government has done since 1991 to turn around our country's complete neglect of bicycling and walking.
Please take two minutes now to contact your member of Congress--tell them we won't accept turning back the clock by eliminating support for bicycling, walking, and trails:
But . . . there is still a chance.
Representatives Tom Petri (R-Wis) and Tim Johnson (R-Ill) have introduced an amendment in the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee that will fix many of these issues.
But they need to hear from other commmittee members, including the three committee members from Missouri, who will support this amendment.
Please take two minutes and ask your representative to defend bicycling, walking, and trails:
Key votes will take place Thursday and soon thereafter, so please contact your member of Co ngress as soon as you can--and continue to urge their support until this issue is resolved.
Our country needs bicycling, walking, and trails--for our health, our communities, and to provide real choice and freedom in our transportation. Let's not undo the past twenty years of progress--progress due in very large part to the very programs the House proposal eliminates.
Thank you! When you take two minutes to contact your elected leaders, our united voice really DOES make a difference!
Dr Brent D Hugh
Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation