Last Fall, you helped us defeat Senate attacks on biking and walking. But now the House of Representatives is launching its own attack. Next Thursday, February 2nd, we can expect the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to vote on its version of the surface transportation bill, called "The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act." Alarms went off when we learned that the two primary sources of federal bike funding, Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School, will be eliminated.
The legislation will be open for amendments for only a short time in the T&I Committee. If you live in Representative Michael Capuano's district, a high-ranking member of the committee, we need your help. During Thursday's vote, he could be the key to making sure that a pro-biking amendment passes. Will you ask him today to vote to preserve funding for biking and walking in the transportation bill?
Let him know that in his district alone:
- Nearly $2 million in Safe Routes to School funding has gone to making the streets safer for children trying to walk or bike to school;
- Transportation Enhancements has supported over $34 million in bike and pedestrian infrastructure, improving the experience for all users of the road;
- Biking and walking make up 12 percent of all trips, but only 1.5 percent of federal funding.
Representative Capuano's office phone number is (202) 225-5111, or you can email him by clicking here. Please take action today:
1. Call and/or email Representative Capuano TODAY, tell him why bicycling is important to you, and ask him to do two things:
- OPPOSE any move to eliminate the Transportation Enhancements or Safe Routes to School Program
- SUPPORT an amendment to maintain the funding to bike and pedestrian programs
2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you contacted him!
If you don't have time to call or email, then you can fill out an automated form here, though personalized messages are always preferable. Don't know who your representative is? Find out here.
Even if you don't live in District 8, feel free to contact your representative. While he won't be able to act on this legislation until it hits the floor in February, it can't hurt to let him know that biking is important to you. Thanks for your support, and for helping us work toward a better state (and country) for biking.
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