Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Congressional Bike Caucus letter on Transportation BillAs reported by Bike Portland, Congressman Earl Blumenauer on behalf of the Congressional Bike Caucus recently wrote to Congressman Oberstar and Congressman Mica, Chair and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to "express our support for establishing a truly multi-modal national transportation policy that better integrates bicycling and walking into our nation's transportation system."
He went on to write that "Bicycling and walking currently accounts for 10% of all trips made by Americans yet our current Federal investment is closer to 2% of transportation funds. Investing in these modes of transportation creates jobs, saves taxpayers money and helps raise our overall quality of life."
He then asks for committee support to:
- Reauthorize the Safe Routes to School Program at a substantially higher level
- Include a Complete Streets policy requirement to ensure that roads built using federal transportation dollars are available to all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians
- Create a new Active Transportation Investment Fund
- Require data collection of comparable frequency and scope for all modes of transportation