Wednesday, August 03, 2011

[PDI] FW: Thanks for Speaking Up to Support Federal Bike Funding


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From: Tim Blumenthal, <>
Sent: August 03, 2011 12:56 PM
To: Daniel Stafford <>
Subject: Thanks for Speaking Up to Support Federal Bike Funding

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Dear Daniel,
A few weeks ago, we asked you to contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators via email to ask for their continuing support of dedicated bike funding in the next federal transportation bill.
You responded quickly and effectively by penning nearly 20,000 emails in just a few days. Thanks!
Your messages made a difference: Members of Congress and staffers talked about the strong response, and many said that it was a convincing statement of how much Americans value bike funding and want bicycling to be safer and easier. Key Congressional leaders have since reiterated their support for our cost-effective programs.
Nevertheless, the long-term future of the federal investment in transportation--including bicycling--remains uncertain. Key decisions about the next multi-year transportation bill (that pays for roadways, transit and all types of bike projects and programs) have been delayed again and won't be made until September, at the earliest. Read more about this on our blog.
Here's the bottom line: and our partner organizations remain very concerned about recent proposed changes to transportation funding that could dramatically reduce the money-saving federal investment in bike infrastructure and programs.
A new multi-year federal transportation bill could be considered and approved this fall, or the process could stretch into 2012 or even 2013. and our partners will continue work with Congress to preserve bike-friendly legislation.
Individuals who support bicycling can continue to weigh in and influence this process. We'll keep you posted and let you know how you can help.
Thanks for your continued support, and happy riding this summer!
Tim Blumenthal

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