09 2 / 2012
it seems clear that the Republican party has launched an assault on biking, walking and transit, and without an equally energetic response, America’s transportation system will be at even greater peril than it’s already in.
Backers of the bill, which include the Highway Users Alliance and the US Chamber of Commerce, applaud its “back-to-basics approach” and it’s “funding priority given to the National Highway/Interstate System.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Streetsblog DC published a helpful guide to HR 7 this morning titled, Six Lies the GOP Is Telling About the House Transportation Bill. Read that post, get informed about what’s at stake (a lot), and then pick up the phone and call your Congressional representative.
Bicycling is incredibly important to me. It’s how I get to and from work, do my groceries, and get around town. This bill will cut any and all federal funding in Transportation for projects unrelated to automobile centric infrastructure - including the Safe Routes to School program. A program that teaches children how to safely walk and bike to their schools from home, promoting both exercise and engagement with their communities versus being carted around in a car.
Not only that,
It would open nearly all of America’s coastal waters to oil and gas drilling, including environmentally fragile areas that have long been off limits.
This bill is terrible. It’s terrible for communities, people who take public transit, anyone who walks or bikes ANYWHERE. Please, contact your Congressional Representative, and kill this bill.