PA Guilty of Supporting Cuts in Bike/Pedestrian Funding


This story is going around the smart growth blogosphere today and it’s making me realize just how much work we all have left in Pennsylvania. Angie Schmitt of Streetsblog reports:

Last week, Tanya reported that many states have disproportionately raided their bicycle and pedestrian funds to pay for $2.2 billion rescinded by the feds.

Today the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia brings us an example of two guilty states. New Jersey and Pennsylvania hewed to the tendency among state DOTs to target Transportation Enhancements funds, which support active transportation investments, for cuts.

The Bicycle Coalition is encouraging readers to send a letter to their governor protesting states’ low prioritization of pedestrians and cyclists. To see if your governor should be hearing from you, check out this guide from the Rails to Trails Conservancy.

Please contact Gov. Rendell today, as well as your local legislators, to let them know how you feel about cuts in bicycle and pedestrian transportation funding. Our transportation network should be all-inclusive and should provide choice for all people. Cutting funding for bike/pedestrian transportation projects only perpetuates a car-dependent culture.

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 October 5, 2010, in Events, Neighborhoods, Public Infrastructure, Transportation and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for publishing this bad [but not surprising] news. It makes no sense at all to cut support for health- and environment-friendly transport so we can keep funding for the transportation that has high levels of GHG and is killing people with pollution!

    I will definitely add my voice to local legislators.

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