Advocate Now: No Funding for Bike/Ped in Senate Version of Transportation Bill
The Senate version of the Transportation Bill, H817, will strip out all funding for bicycling/pedestrian projects. This bill will impact transportation funding for years to come, and it is moving quickly.
The Senate’s version of the bill will eliminate state funding for bike and ped projects not under construction by June 30, 2013. So there is a small window of time while the bill is reconciled with the House bill to let your representatives know that this issue is important to our state.
1) Please take a moment to send a personalized email to your representatives or include emails for all of our legislators if you’d like to reach out to all of them. Take a moment to let them know why safe biking and walking alternatives are important to you, your children, your business, your property values, etc.
2) Call Speaker Thom Tillis’ office 919-733-3451 and ask him to keep bike/ped funding in the transportation bill. Let him know who you are, (business person, private developer, job creator, young professional, etc.)
Personalizing your call or email is extremely important, but here are some points that may resonate.
- Greenways and trails are the number one amenity that people look for when choosing a new neighborhood.
- Greenways and trails are the number oen amenity requested in Parks and Recreation surveys throughout North Carolina.
- Developers are including trails within their neighborhoods and locating near trail networks to increase their property values.
- Property values are higher the closer your home is to a trail or park.
- A robust trail network can help kids get to school without riding the bus or being driven by parents.
- Childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes in children has skyrocketed. Walking or riding to school can help children get the exercise they need. In 1969, 50 percent walked to school; by 2004 the figure was down to 14 percent.
- Access to transportation alternatives both transit and bicycle and pedestrian facilities have been proven to lower body weight. One estimate of the country’s annual medical bill for physical inactivity: $117 billion
Share this information widely among your networks; biking and walking make North Carolina a great place to work and live!