Keep Federal Funding for Bicycle Projects in Your State

Just got this in from League of American Bicyclists, who have a letter generator on their website here that helps you craft a quick email letter to your state officials.  Here’s the issue:

PRESS RELEASE: Last week, Congress passed a jobs bill that contains a $2.2 billion rescission of transportation funds from state DOTs. In many states, the DOT will likely target bike funding programs to send those dollars back to Washington — unless local advocates speak up and make sure that doesn’t happen.

States must report which program funds are affected by August 25 and the law gives officials maximum flexibility to choose which unobligated balance of funds are rescinded. So we need you to rally the members of Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance and take action this week!

Funds may be rescinded from the following programs:
• Transportation Enhancements
• Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ)
• Recreational Trails
• State Planning and Research
• Surface Transportation Program
• Metropolitan Planning

The US DOT is urging state DOTs to reach out to stakeholders, which makes this a perfect opportunity to request a meeting to discuss the value of bicycle and pedestrian projects. One request we have of state DOTs is that they follow the “proportionality clause” of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 – this ensures that cuts be made equitably across programs. Be prepared to argue the cost effectiveness and value of these projects. If possible, bring a list of projects that need funding.

As important, make sure your governor gets a flood of calls and e-mails. Alert your members to tell your governor: Don’t let the state DOT disproportionately cut funding for Transportation Enhancements, recreational trails, and bicycle and pedestrian projects.

Let them know we’re paying attention!

Please take a moment to review the attached table, which shows rescissions by state, and mobilize the members of Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance to keep important funding from slipping away!

If you choose, please feel free to cut and paste or modify this draft alert below.

Thank you for your prompt action,

Jeffrey Miller, President/CEO, Alliance for Biking & Walking

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