February 10, 2016

Letters needed to Congress a.s.a.p. to support bike trails


  From the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition:

 Big policy decisions affecting our nation’s transportation future are now under discussion in Washington D.C., and the bill now on the table promises a crippling impact on trails, walking and bicycling (and safe biking to school programs.)

Editor- this came in on Wednesday morning and said that the letters were needed by Wednesday afternoon-  but I thought you might still want to read the information to understand how budget cuts may reverse progress on bikable and walkable communities and how citizens letters supporting these programs are needed – Deb

The House will be voting (today), Thursday,February 2–so we are asking you to follow the links below to learn more and, we hope, send letters to Congress asking that this bill be amended.

These action campaigns have been successful in the past. We need to let Congress hear our voices! Our friends at the Rails To Trails Conservancy and the League of American Bicyclists have set up convenient links for you to send these much-needed letters. Please read further and send letters from one or both links. Your action today can make an enormous difference!

Thank you!

Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition

Click here for your letter to come via the League of American Bicyclists.
Click here for your letter to come via Rails-To-Trails Conservancy

More information from the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy Action Alert:

We aren’t exaggerating when we say this ask has never been more urgent.

Please read more and take action now. 

 Thursday, February 2, the Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on our nation’s next multiyear surface transportation bill.

There’s no way to spin this: From the perspective of trails, walking and bicycling, the bill is a total disaster.

Among its worst features are:

  • It eliminates dedicated funding for the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program—the nation’s largest funding source for trails, walking and bicycling. (Terrible news, but we expected it.)
  • It removes the rail-trail category from TE eligibility.
  • It completely eliminates funding for the Safe Routes to School program.
  • It eliminates funding for bicycle and pedestrian coordinators at state DOTs.

But there’s still a chance…

Representatives Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and Tim Johnson (R-Ill.) are considering the introduction of an amendment in the committee that would right many of the bill’s wrongs.

Please: Take two minutes and ask your representatives to defend trails, walking and bicycling.

Thank you,

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy