As many of you know Federal funding is not only critical for funding our roads and bridges, it is also vital for funding facilities for biking and walking. The transportation budget is large…over $80 billion dollars. And we are asking for just a small portion of this (about 1%) to go towards transportation alternatives including biking and waking.
The current budget bill that funds these Federal Department of Transportation programs is going through the Senate and our Senator, Barbara Boxer is the ranking member of the transportation committee.
As bicyclists in Southern California we see the benefits of these Federal Transportation dollars every day. Most recently these dollars have been used locally to fund the repaving and soon to be completed buffered bike lanes on Westminster. They have funded the separated lanes in downtown Long Beach, the Vista Street Bike Boulevard, the soon to be repaved and restriped bike lanes on Bellflower and the repaving of the river trail. Further to the south they have funded the bike lanes in Dana Point and the new buffered lanes that will soon be installed between Dana Point and San Clemente. They fund our Safe Routes to School Education program and our community safety programs. All of these programs are helping to make cycling better and safer for everyone in Southern California.
Please click here or go to the bottom of this e-mail and click on the link that will take you to the League of American Bicyclist site where you can send our two senators your request for their support of this important bill (it actually takes two links to get to the site for the letter).
Thanks in advance for your support of this important legislation. And please…let me know if you have any questions regarding how these dollars are being spent in Southern California.
Executive Director, BIKEable Communities
Ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, to ensure that our federal transportation system continues to provide funding for bicycling and walking.
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