Factsheets and Backgrounders
In order to make your Hill meetings as successful as possible, we've created a number of helpful hand-outs with information about the asks.
NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT ASKS
1. Will you support continued funding for bicycling and walking as part of a multi-modal transportation program? (House and Senate)
By asking this question, you are:
- Making the lawmaker accountable for their position -– and doing so now before a vote
- Helping us identify targets in the case we have a floor vote on continuing biking and walking funding
We are expecting a vote in May to strip bicycle funding -- even basic eligibility for any funding at all -- from the federal transportation bill. So it is important that we both get a sense of where Senators and Representatives are likely to vote, and that we take this opportunity to let them know there is a strong bike constituency in their district.
In the past we’ve been able to change the position of a Senator or Representative after a vote, or a negative public comment. But we want to ask the question now to ensure members of Congress know they have a strong constituency that supports this funding before they vote.
The Vision Zero approach to traffic safety is based on the fact that all traffic fatalities are preventable, and therefore there is no acceptable level of traffic fatalities.
The Vision Zero Act (download our background document) is an incentive program that directs existing safety funding to communities that are taking this innovative approach. The bill will create a grant programs for communities with Vision Zero policies to both plan and implement Vision Zero engineering, enforcement and education projects.
Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) are joining forces again to build upon and improve the implementation of their amendment to MAP-21 (the transportation bill in 2012 ) that ensure greater local control over funding decisions and priorities for these program funds.
This bill (read our background document) would improve the program through a number of small changes that will make a big difference, including making NGOs eligible for funding and removing the ‘treatment of project language’ that created additional regulatory hurdles for TAP projects.