Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bike funding under attack

Two amendments being offered in the U.S. Senate this week threaten the primary source of federal money for bicycle facilities such as the bike racks at our Metrorail stations or the M-Path Extension, soon to get underway near Dadeland. The amendments target the Transportation Enhancements program, which uses a tiny slice of the federal dollars poured into streets and highways. Here's an alert from the League of American Bicyclists:
Senator Coburn (R-OK) is offering two amendments to the FY10 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that will strike funding for transportation enhancements. The two amendments are S. Amendment 2370 and S. Amendment 2371.

S. Amendment 2370 would forbid funding for transportation enhancements if the Highway Trust Fund does not contain amounts sufficient to cover unfunded highway authorizations.

S. Amendment 2371 would allow states to opt out of the set-aside rule that requires states to spend at least 10 percent of their surface transportation funding on transportation enhancements.

We expect the amendments to be offered and voted on during Senate floor debate tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Please call your Senator immediately and urge them to vote NO on S. Amendment 2370 and S. Amendment 2371 to the FY10 transportation appropriations bill.
How to reach Florida's two senators:
George S. LeMieux
(202) 224-3041
E-mail: info@lemieux.senate.gov

Bill Nelson
(202) 224-5274
Web mail: billnelson.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

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