House Bill threatens Safe Routes to School & Transportation Enhancements

Here’s some food for thought (courtesy of our friends at America Bikes):

•Walking and biking 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 walking- and biking-friendly, business and economic development improves.

If you find those points interesting, you might want to use them in a letter to your congressman. The much anticipated and debated American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act eliminates the two largest programs that fund biking and walking infrastructure– Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School. On February 2, just a week from today, the House Transportation Committee will vote to send the bill to the House floor.

Two NC Representatives are on the House Transportation Committee, Rep. Howard Coble (6th district) and Rep. Heath Shuler (11th district).  Even if your representive is not on the committee, once it passes it will be a just a few weeks before it makes it to the House floor where all members will get a chance to vote. Make sure your voice is heard. Find your representive here. Need some talking points to get you started? Check here.

Edit: The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act  should be released on Tuesday. In the meanwhile, DC StreetsBlog has a post on a summary that’s been circulating for a few days.

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