Action Alert: Save Transportation Alternatives – Contact Your Senators TODAY!

This is happening TODAY, so we need you to take action right now!

Just last year Congress passed a new transportation bill, MAP-21, that dismantled dedicated funding for biking and walking by combining Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails into one program and cutting the funding by 30%. This is money that can be used to educate kids about bicycle and pedestrian safety, improve sidewalks, bike lanes, and paths near schools, and build and maintain off-road paths and trails for everyone.

Now Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky wants to wipe out what’s left.

Senator Paul has introduced an amendment to the Transportation Appropriations bill to prohibit ANY MONEY from being used for Transportation Alternatives, and to redirect that money towards bridge repair.

While we agree that repairing our bridges is important, both for safety and economic development reasons, so are our local economies and the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. Dedicating the small amount of Transportation Alternatives funding to bridge repair couldn’t fix our country’s bridges in 50 years. This is really just an excuse to eliminate funding for important biking and walking programs. And, taking that small amount of funding away would dangerously undermine efforts in our cities and towns to provide safe and efficient transportation options for everyone, including our children. That is a trade we can’t afford to make.

Please ask Senator Markey and Senator Warren to save Transportation Alternatives by voting NO on amendment 1742.

Contact Senator Warren:
Phone: (202) 224-4543
Email: http://www.warren.senate.gov/?p=email_senator

Contact Senator Markey:
Phone: (202) 224-2742
Email: Not available currently (due to transition from House to Senate)

And please let us know you’ve taken action by cc’ing or emailing us at action@massbike.org.

Thank you so much for your help protecting funding for biking and walking!

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