Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tell Congress to Support Walking and Biking

The 2009 Transportation Bill

More of the same?

Right now, Congress is getting ready to write the new 2009 Transportation Bill—an opportunity that only comes along once a decade. Sign a petition here

Did you know?

* Congress spends about $60 billion a year on transportation.
* Nearly 85% of that goes to expanding or maintaining highways.
* Only 1.5%—about $3 per American per year—goes to support walking and biking. About 15% goes to support public transit.
* 83% percent of Americans live in metropolitan areas, yet only 5% live within walking distance of decent public transit.

Getting a great Walk Score doesn't happen by chance. Walkable neighborhoods result from smart policy decisions that allocate our tax dollars and set the rules for development.

Unfortunately, current federal rules and funding priorities make it difficult for communities to create walkable neighborhoods.

For Niagara Falls, it's compounded by an almost unbelievable fact: Lewiston's interference and political fear to take a stand to support the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway. YOU can help here

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