Thursday, June 4, 2009

House Republicans want to cut Safe Routes to School Program

Once again Republicans in Congress are speaking out against spending funds for bike and pedestrian projects. Not only do they want to kill the Safe Routes to School Program, which has been successful in encouraging thousands of kids to bike and walk to school, but they also want to get ride of the main source of bike and ped funding, Transportation Enhancements:
Rather than proposing, for example, the elimination of the Education Department, as they have in the past, Republicans are suggesting killing a program that pays for building sidewalks, bike paths and crossing guards as part of the Safe Routes to Schools program. That would save $183 million a year.

Other proposals include: Saving $833 million a year by eliminating federally funded transportation "enhancements" like landscaping, preservation of historic facilities, and pedestrian and bike facilities.

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