This Thursday, the U.S. House Transportation Committee will vote on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a bill that eliminates crucial funds for biking and walking.
IMBA has heard that the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is going to be preserved in this bill. However, as a member of the America Bikes Coalition, we are asking our members to take action and help save two very important programs: Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School.
Take Action! Contact your representative today and ask them to vote to preserve biking and walking!
The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, the long-awaited, multi-year transportation bill, eliminates the two largest programs that fund biking and walking infrastructure — Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School. Without these programs, communities all over the country will lose resources to build the sidewalks, crosswalks and bikeways that make biking and walking safe and accessible in your community.
We can’t let that happen!
That’s why we’re working to introduce an amendment that will preserve funding for biking and walking. During Thursday’s vote, your representative could be the key to making sure that this amendment passes in the Transportation Committee. Will you contact them today to ask that they vote to preserve funding for biking and walking in the transportation bill?
Tell your representative:
- Biking and walking make up 12 percent of all trips, but only 1.5 percent of federal funding.
- Two out of three pedestrian deaths take place on roads built with federal funding. Ensuring funds for sidewalks, crosswalks and bikeways help end preventable deaths and make roads safer for everyone.
- When town centers are biking and walking friendly, business and economic development improves.
Thank you for all that you do to keep bicycling and walking safe and accessible.