Urgent: Bike/Ped Funding
- FROM: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Urgent: Call Your Senators IMMEDIATELY to Protect Bike/Ped Funding
The U.S. Senate is currently voting on a series of amendments
to the economic stimulus bill. Senator Jim DeMint of South
Carolina has introduced an amendment that would prohibit ANY of
the over $800 billion in funding be used for bicycling or
walking trails or infrastructure-which would include any Safe
Routes to School efforts. Senator DeMint said, "When people see
bike trails and hiking trails and golf courses, they know this
is not designed to stimulate the economy and create jobs."
We do not yet know when or if this amendment will be voted
on-but it is critical that we demonstrate that bicycle and
pedestrian infrastructure *IS* an important part of the
economic recovery and building green infrastructure.
Please call your both Senators as soon as possible. They will be
continuing to vote late tonight and possibly into the weekend.
· I am calling to ask the Senator to vote against the DeMint
amendment to prohibit bicycle and pedestrian projects from being
funded in the
economic recovery bill.
· I also ask you to support explicit funding for
bike/ped projects in the final economic recovery bill.
· It takes construction workers and materials to create bicycle
and pedestrian, creating jobs at the same or better rate than
· These smaller projects can move quickly to get local
businesses working and help Main Street economies.
· Providing safe and convenient bicycle and pedestrian access
to workplaces, schools, and transit gives families cheaper
· Improving sidewalks and bike lanes can make downtown a
destination, further helping local business and the economy.
To get contact information, please go to the League of American
Bicyclists' action alert-all you have to do is type in your zip
code to get your Senator's phone numbers, talking points, and a
form to fill in the response from your Senator's office. If
your Senator's office does not
answer, please leave a message.
Things are moving quickly on the economic recovery bill, and we
may be contacting you again soon with additional updates and
requests for help. Thank you for taking action on behalf of
increasing opportunities for healthy and green transportation
options! For questions, please contact Margo Pedroso, Policy
Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership at