Saving Walkable, Bikeable Streets

Our friends at Smart Growth America have launched a campaign to "Stop the House Assault on Walkable Neighborhoods."

In an email, SGA's Online Communications Director Alex Dodds writes:

"Over the past month, members of Congress have been negotiating details of the federal transportation bill. Now, members of the House of Representatives have proposed allowing states to opt out of a program to let communities make it safer to walk to public transportation, revitalize a Main Street or create bike trails for families.

Stand up for walkable streets: click here to send a letter to your members of Congress.

The House proposal would eliminate the small amount of money going directly to metropolitan areas, and would let state-level leaders decide whether communities ever see a dime of this funding. The move is slap in the face of city councils, mayors, and county leaders from across the country on both sides of the aisle who are creating the great neighborhoods so many Americans already know and love.

Local voices should have a say in transportation planning: ask Congress to support the Cardin-Cochran provision.

Members of the Senate involved in the negotiations have already proposed a bipartisan version of the bill and can still push back against this attack – but they need to hear from you. Emailing your members of Congress is easy and only takes a few minutes, but could have a huge impact on walkable streets for years to come. Click here to send a letter to your members of Congress today."

CNU encourages our members to join the above campaign and support the Cardin-Cochran amendment to secure local control of funds for safe, vibrant, valuable streets. 

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