Bike/Ped Funding Update: May 30
On Tuesday, AHA posted Advocate Now: No Funding for Bike/Ped in Senate Version of Transportation Bill and asked that Wake County residents contact their representatives to support bicycling/pedestrian projects. Advocacy efforts appear to be making a positive impact, but continued outreach is vital.
Personalizing your message to House members will have the greatest impact, but this sample message may be useful to you.
The Senate’s proposed transportation budget eliminates $1.2 million in state matching funds for bike/ped program resulting in a loss of $4.5 million in federal funds – Total impact of $5.7 million. Although the Senate budget proposal includes language that gives local governments the flexibility to use their Powell Bill funds as match, under the new Strategic Mobility Formula, Divisions will actually see less Powell Bill funds and therefore are unlikely to use these funds for bike/ped projects when their roadway needs will be far greater.
Action Needed: Restore the $1.2 million in state matching funds to enable the most advantageous federal match and more beneficial use of the state funding.
The Senate budget includes the STPDA allocation (discretionary federal enhancement funds used by MPOs with population over 200,000) in the Division category under the new Strategic Mobility Formula. STPDA has been used to fund many local bike/pedestrian projects. If the STPDA funds are included in the Division allocation and the Division is getting less money under the new formula, local governments will be forced to now use their STPDA funds for roadway projects.
Action Needed: Exclude the STPDA allocation from the Division category under the new Strategic Mobility Formula.
Bicycle/Pedestrian projects represent a very small commitment from the state transportation budget but are vital for communities that are struggling to create economic development enhancements and increase property values – particularly smaller communities.
See AHA’s news post on May 28 for more talking points that will resonate with representatives.