ALERT: Don't let Congress cut funding for biking, walking, trails - votes Wed & Thurs

After years of preparation and delay, the U.S. House of Representatives is finally ready to pass a 6-year federal transportation package.  This federal transportation reauthorization is the most important bill that sets setting transportation policy and funding priorities for the United States.

Federal transportation funding is the most important single source of funding fo
Federal transportation funding is the most important single source of funding for biking, walking, and trails in the U.S.

Click here to contact your Congressmember to let them know you support biking and walking

The bill recently passed the Senate and now the House is set to vote this week.  The basic bill is pretty good for bicycling and walking, but three key amendments--if approved by the House this week--will decimate bicycle, pedestrian, and trails funding.

Please take time today to contact your member of Congress.  It takes just a couple of minutes.

Click here to contact your Congressmember to let them know you support biking and walking

Not only is it important to defeat these three amendments, but the strength of support for bicycling, walking, and trails as shown in these votes will help create leverage to improve biking, walking, and trails provisions as the House & Senate move forward to reconcile their two bills.

Several of Missouri's seven U.S. House members are 'fence-sitters' on bicycle, pedestrian, and trails issues.  Hearing from you--from voters in their districts--helps a lot

Click here to contact your Congressmember to let them know you support biking and walking

More details about the anti-bike/ped/trails proposals

Patrick Wojahn of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy wrote:

If any of these amendments pass, it will be devastating for communities across the country that are trying to build more trails, make streets safer with crosswalks and bike lanes, and make our neighborhoods healthier and more connected.

The League of American Bicyclists recently gave a comprehensive update on the progress of the federal transportation bill in the House.

The text of the League's sample letter to your Congress member sums up the proposed amendments and the reasons they are bad for bicycling, walking, and trails:

Please vote no on the Carter amendments 68 and 69 and Yoho amendment 158 to the transportation bill.

The underlying Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act includes a carefully constructed agreement on bicycling and walking funds. It rolls transportation alternatives into the surface transportation block grant while maintaining the local control aspects and competitive process that made transportation alternatives program effective at helping Mayors and communities fund their transportation priorities important to their communities.

The Carter and Yoho amendments undermine the Shuster-DeFazio compromise.Rep Carter has two amendments. #68 makes biking and walking projects ineligible for certain types of transportation funding. #69 compromises local small project funding, often used for bicycling and walking projects.

Representative Yoho's amendment 158 would make the Recreational Trails Program ineligible for any transportation funding.

We ask that you support the Shuster-DeFazio base bill and oppose the Carter and Yoho amendments.

Thank you for your consideration.

Click here to contact your Congressmember to let them know you support biking and walking

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