Action Item: Request a Clean ExtensionSep 11th, 2011 | By Jody | Category: Advocacy
Please call and/or write your US Senators and ask…
"Would you please support a clean extension to current transportation funding and please support continued dedicated funding for bicycling and walking programs in the next transportation authorization.”
The current transportation bill expires on 9/30/11, but this may get combined with the FAA authorization which expires Sept 16.
Read More on the League of American Bicyclist's Blog Post:
Sept 8th post -
Sept 12th update -
Here's Consider Biking's letter to the Editor which frames the issue in pretty simple language.
More information is in our recent ACTION ALERT – September 13
Here is the messaging again:
So we need to take this threat seriously and contact our Senators today. The ask is pretty simple – “please support a clean extension to current transportation funding and please support continued dedicated funding for bicycling and walking programs in the next transportation authorization.”
Use this easy link to write your letters:
I bike, I vote - It's time to save cycling!
I urge you to oppose any move to eliminate the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program and to support a clean extension of the SAFETEA-LU programs, in the event that Congress fails to pass a new transportation bill before the end of September.
The TE program, along with other vital programs that support non-motorized transportation choices such as the Recreational Trails and Safe Routes to Schools programs, has dramatically expanded transportation options and improved traffic safety in communities across the country. This would simply not have happened without these programs and I ask that you support the continuation of dedicated Federal funding for bicycling and walking programs in any extension of SAFETEA-LU and the next authorization of Federal transportation programs.
Bicycling projects create jobs, in fact, according to the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), bicycle projects alone create 11.8 jobs per million vs. the 7.4 jobs per million created by road only projects. These bicycle projects also generate economic activity for a very low up-front cost, offering tremendous returns on investment. In this economic climate, Congress should be looking for just this kind of program to support – and should certainly not be thinking about eliminating them. Bicycling also has the added benefit of providing an effective means to address our national energy, environmental, and public health challenges and should be seriously considered in our national transportation policy.
Thank you for supporting continued dedicated funding for bicycling and walking.
Letter from Rails to Trails: