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Friday, July 8, 2011

URGENT: Federal Funding for Biking and Walking Under Attack [via LAB]

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) held a briefing on the morning of July 7, 2011 to outline his plan for the new transportation bill. In response, the League's Andy Clarke said:

"Chairman Mica and Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) are hell-bent on cutting out funding for anything other than cars and trucks, seemingly oblivious to the disastrous impacts of 60 years of sprawl, air pollution, congestion, dependence on foreign oil and millions of needless highway fatalities. That's out of touch with what American's want and is so deliberate that it smacks of vindictiveness rather than sound policy. The reality is that Americans want choice. At the individual, community and national level we need more people bicycling and walking rather than less. We need fewer people trapped in a system that forces them to make even the shortest trips by car because there are no safe alternatives. We need robust and dedicated funding for transit, bicycling and walking to keep up with the demand for these critical modes of transportation." 
[PDF] of report via Bike League


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