In June, Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.) attacked key funding for trails, walking and biking programs by proposing an amendment to the Preserving America’s Transit and Highways (PATH) Act of 2014 that would have eliminated the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Along with groups all across the country, the Bike Walk Alliance called upon its supporters to contact their U.S. Senators and register their opposition to this amendment. Thanks to those calls and emails, Sen. Toomey withdrew his amendment. (more…)
Once again, our representatives in Washington need to hear from you about the importance of cycling and walking. Senator Pat Toomey (R – PA) has introduced an amendment (Toomey Amendment 1) to strip funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) which is the principal source of Federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian transportation projects. Without this funding, states will essentially be mandated to ignore the needs of all road users when planning new transportation projects. Its important to make sure that our Senators know your views on this subject. Click here to write to them:
This month, from Albany, we have Good News, then some Bad News, and a chance on February 11 to make a difference.
The good news – on January 15, Governor Cuomo announced the awarding of 67 million dollars for bicycle and pedestrian projects across New York State.
The Bad News – in his budget presentation, Cuomo offered no dedicated state funding for bike and pedestrian projects in spite of a state wide campaign that resulted in 1300 “post cards” sent to Albany.
The Post Card Campaign by New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4ACT) gathered 1300 post cards from across New York State to ask Governor Cuomo to support the following:
- $20 million in the 2014-15 state budget specifically dedicated to funding pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects, with a minimum additional commitment of $20 million annually over the next five years.
- Revision of NYSDOT’s Preservation First policy so that it does not exclude new pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects and is consistent with the intent of the state’s Complete Streets law. (more…)
When : Wednesday, January 2911, 2014, 7 – 9 PM
Where: White Plains Public Library
Join Westchester Cycle Club and the Bike Walk Alliance on to talk about biking in White Plains with White Plains Mayor Tom Roach at the White Plains Public Library’s auditorium. Discussion will cover the city’s bike lanes, a proposed BikeShare program, bike parking at the White Plains Transcenter, bike safety and upcoming special events to promote bike safe bike use. Sign-up sheets will be circulated for myriad volunteer opportunities. Contact dave wilson at email@example.com for more information.