Federal Safe Routes to School Program in Jeopardy


We received notice today from Walk and Bike Berks and the League of American Bicyclists that the Federal Safe Routes to School Program might be on the federal funding chopping block. The two groups sent the following message:

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) has targeted the federal Safe Routes to School program established under the 2005 Federal Surface Transportation Bill (SAFETEA-LU) as wasteful government spending in his weekly “YouCut program”.
Each week representative Cantor asks people to vote for which of five options they would cut from the federal budget. Republicans then hold a floor vote in the House of Representatives to try to eliminate the program that gets the most votes.
This week, the federal Safe Routes to School program is one of Rep. Cantor’s targets. He argues that SRTS duplicates other bicycling and walking programs, and that bicycling and walking infrastructure is a local government responsibility.
As you may know, the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program aims to make walking and bicycling to school safer and more accessible for children, including those with disabilities, and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance children’s health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school and improve air quality and improve community members’ overall quality of life.

You may visit the Action Center for the League of American Cyclists to get in touch with your Congressional representative and let him or her know that you support Safe Routes to School in your community.

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About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on June 15, 2010, in Media Coverage, Public Infrastructure, Transportation and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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