Action urged—Please contact your U.S. Representative this week
March 11, 2012
The full House of Representatives is expected to vote soon on their version of the next multi-year Transportation bill. Some leading members of the House continue to push to eliminate key bike programs.
Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask them to support the bipartisan Petri Amendment to keep bicycling safe and increase transportation choices.
Members of the House will be home in their districts the week of March 12. Please call, email, or meet with your Member of Congress (follow link here to find your Member of Congress) to urge him/her to preserve popular programs for bike infrastructure and explain the benefits of this infrastructure in your community.
The Petri Amendment consolidates important bicycling programs like Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School into the Transportation Improvement Program, and ensures that local governments — cities and counties — have an opportunity to weigh in on transportation decisions.
Tell your Representative that the bicycling community now supports the Senate version of the Transportation bill with the recent inclusion of the Cardin-Cochran Amendment. The Cardin-Cochran Amendment, similar to the Petri Amendment, ensures that local governments, school systems and metropolitan planning organizations have access to funding to make walking and bicycling safe and accessible.
Thanks again for speaking up to save bicycling. Stay tuned for updates on the House bill and the Petri Amendment.