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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. Given the unsettling situation inside the Beltway, that figure might be a big fat zero within a matter of days, not weeks.
Some Members of Congress want to force us backwards to a 1950s highway-only mindset: as if oil embargoes, suburban sprawl, congestion, smog, the obesity epidemic, strained family budgets and climate change never happened. We expect Senator Coburn (R-OK) will ask Congress to eliminate the federal Transportation Enhancements program. Without this record of past funds, there is no way the bicycling movement would be where it is today.
We’re talking a track record of 20 years for bike lanes, mountain biking and other off-road trails, bike racks on buses, bike education, etc. etc. This isn’t safe or smart; it’s not good for the economy or the environment; this is bad health policy and bad transportation policy.
Bicycling projects create more jobs per dollar than highway-only projects. Cutting enhancements won’t impact the deficit. Act now. The future of the bicycle and pedestrian movement is just a few clicks away.
– Martin Zimmerman / CABA Exec. Director and CABA Board of Directors