House Transportation Bill: Next steps

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Following the March 31 approval of another short-term extension of the federal transportation bill (for 90 days until June 30), now is an ideal time to contact your U.S. Representative to urge them to maintain funding for biking and walking programs such as Safe Routes to School. Important decisions about the future of biking programs continue to be debated and your voice can help make the difference. Congress is on a two-week recess from April 2 – April 13, and many members will be home during this break.

The current version of the House transportation bill (H.R. 7) eliminates popular and cost-effective programs for bike infrastructure that increase transportation safety.

The House plans to resume work in the middle of April to further refine and advance this crucial legislation. That’s why it’s important to ask your member of the House of Representatives to vote for the Petri Amendment that makes improvements to pedestrian and bicycling programs and provides more local control by creating new funding flexibility for states and a competitive process for local projects.

The Senate has already passed its bipartisan version of the bill (MAP-21). Grassroots support from people like you successfully carried the Cardin-Cochran Amendment into the bill. The Amendment ensures that local governments and school districts can compete for much needed biking and walking funds.

Even if you have already talked to your Representative about the Petri Amendment, please follow up. Thanks for making the case to save bicycling. Stay tuned for updates on the current House bill and the Petri Amendment.