This is serious business for all cyclists as well as pedestrians. Whether you walk or ride a bike for recreation or transportation, you need to take a minute to not only speak out, but urge your friends and family to do the same. The green links will take you to the pre-filled form. It only took me a minute to complete. Please pass it on!
The anti-bike sentiments that some members of Congress have expressed in recent weeks are cause for grave concern. I hope you’ll join IMBA and other cycling groups in standing up for biking and walking programs.
Please take a few minutes today to speak out in favor of the bike-friendly federal Transportation Enhancements (TE) program. It only takes a few minutes to record your support with a web form provided by our friends at Safe Routes to Schools.
This year, around $700 million of federal transportation funds, which in reality is less than 2 percent of total transportation dollars, will be spent on bicycling and walking. In 2012 that figure might be a big fat zero.
Senator Tom Coburn (OK) and others have indicated that they want to kill the TE program, despite its popularity and cost-effectiveness in building new bike facilities, and despite research which shows that the program generates more jobs per million dollars invested than regular road projects.
The TE program makes up less than 2 percent of all federal transportation funding, and if it’s eliminated the money won’t be used to reduce our national deficit — it will simply go to road projects instead of biking and walking programs.
I hope you’ll join me and make your voice heard — do it right now if you can!
Jenn Dice, IMBA Government Affairs Director