Biking and Walking Hang in the Balance — Call CongressJun 26th, 2012 | By Jody | Category: Advocacy, Featured
From America Bikes
Biking and Walking Hang in the Balance — Call Congress
We are in the finals days before the new transportation bill is passed- and we have been told that biking and walking programs have been compromised.
Senate and House negotiators plan to file the bill this week.
That means we only have a couple of days to save biking and walking funds in the bill. Once a Conference report has been filed there is no changing it.
We need to make sure conferees in both chambers here the message: maintain the Cardin-Cochran agreement and ensure that Transportation Alternatives not allow states to opt-out of local control over local transportation projects, including biking and walking improvements.
If you live in one of the following states and districts, please click here to call your member of Congress, or use the number listed below along with the below sample calling script.
- Alaska: Rep. Don Young:
- California state: Sen. Barbara Boxer:
- Florida 2: Rep. Steve Southerland:
- Illinois state: Sen. Dick Durbin:
- Indiana-8: Rep. Larry Bucshon:
- Montana state: Sen. Max Baucus:
- New Jersey state: Sen. Robert Menendez:
- New York-24: Rep. Richard Hanna:
- New York state: Sen. Charles Schumer:
- Ohio-12: Rep. Pat Tiberi:
- Oklahoma-5: Rep. James Lankford:
- Pennsylvania-9: Rep. Bill Shuster:
- Tennessee-2: Rep. John Duncan:
- Texas-4: Rep. Ralph Hall:
- Texas state: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison:
- Washington-3: Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler:
- Washington state: Sen. Patty Murray:
- West Virginia-2: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito:
- Wisconsin-8: Rep. Reid Ribble:
Sample Calling Script
If your local member of Congress is a transportation conferee, please call their district office and ask them to save the Cardin-Cochran agreement.
Hi, my name is [[your name]] and I live in [[city/town]].
- I’m calling to ask that [[your senator or rep’s name]] maintain the Cardin-Cochran agreement in the transportation bill. Please ensure that states not be permitted to opt-out of local control over biking and walking funds.
- Over 50,000 pedestrians died preventable deaths on American streets between 2001 and 2010. Having saddled communities with unsafe streets, it would be the height of cruelty for Congress now to take away resources from local communities trying to improve those conditions and save lives.
- The bipartisan Cardin-Cochran agreement in the Senate transportation bill would ensure that local governments can access 1 – 2% of federal transportation dollars for local projects.
Will [[your senator or rep’s name]] ensure that local governments have control over funds for biking and walking improvements?