Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Time for Advocacy

I don't want to use this blog as a bully pulpit, but I thought this was worthy. Plus, maybe a post will drive a submission or two, since things have been quiet as of late.

Recent legislative shenannigans are making it look like biking may become a bit harder, soon. But there's still time. The League of American Bicyclists has a nice, easy to use form on their website that allows you to send an email to your congressperson telling them that you want bike funding. Do it now.

If you're not already clicking the link, you're missing out on stuff like this:

House leadership is exerting pressure to completely cut bicycling and walking out of transportation. Lawmakers seem to have gone through line-by-line to gut programs that make streets safer. The outrageous American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act:

Destroys Transportation Enhancements by making the program optional
Repeals the Safe Routes to School program, reversing years of progress in creating safe ways for kids to walk and ride bicycles to school
Allows states to build bridges without safe access for pedestrians and bicycles
Eliminates bicycle and pedestrian coordinators in state DOTs
But there’s still a chance to save biking and walking. This week, Representatives Petri (R-WI) and Johnson (R-IL) plan to stand up to leadership by offering an amendment that restores dedicated funding for Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School. Representative Petri and Johnson can only be successful if everyone with a stake in safe sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways contacts their Congressional Member today.

Do it. That is all.

1 comment:

Treehugger ;) said...

Wow. Definitely as step backwards! Commuting pedestrians and bicyclist reduce the number of vehicles on the road...meaning less requirement to expand the roadway...meaning the government saves money....which is what they are trying to do by cutting these programs. They should instead encourage commuting by other methods than vehicles. Duh!