Let's face it. Our economy is powered by the transportation industry. Look at all the jobs involved with building vehicles, roads, bridges, and refining. Many think if it takes a hit, jobs will be lost and the economy will collapse, so alternative means (including bicycles and mass transit) are seen as a threat. Sad, isn't it.
One Day at a Time: 1) walk/ride 30 minutes 2) organize something 3) 3 fruits/veges daily 4) sew 1 bobbin full 5) do a good deed
July 2016 goals: 1) walk or ride daily 2) strength train 3 days/week 3) no-meat meal daily 4) finish 2 UFO's
I just sent the email to my congressman. San Antonio, where I live, is working very hard to become a totally bike friendly town. Our mayor is a HUGE cyclist as is his identical twin brother. I live in an area that has recently become one of the most bike friendly in the city. This House Bill bugs me to no end!
Recommitted and re-energized to get back in shape!
Earlier this week, Congressman John Mica (R-FL) announced the introduction of the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act transportation.house.gov/ . The proposed bill not only eliminates dedicated funding for bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure programs, but essentially eliminates the status and standing of cycling in the planning and design of our transportation system -- a massive step backwards for individuals, communities and our nation. It's a step back to a 1950s highway- and auto-only program that makes no sense in the 21st century.
The bill reverses 20 years of progress by:
destroying Transportation Enhancements by making it optional;
repealing the Safe Routes to School program, reversing years of progress in creating safe ways for kids to walk and ride bicycles to school;
allowing states to build bridges without safe access for pedestrians and bicycles; eliminating bicycle and pedestrian coordinators in state DOTs;
and eliminating language that insures that rumble strips "do not adversely affect the safety or mobility of bicyclists, pedestrians or the disabled."
Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee will mark-up the bill and Representatives Petri (R-WI) and Johnson (R-IL) will sponsor an amendment that restores dedicated funding for Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School.
Representatives Petri and Johnson can only be successful if everyone with a stake in safe sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways contacts their representative today. To that end, we encourage you all to let your voice be heard.
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