Our own U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler has co-sponsored a bill to eliminate federal funding for walking and biking (Transportation Alternatives, or TAP). Locally, this funding has allowed children to safely walk and bike to school, and paid for larger transportation infrastructure projects, including the College Avenue Safety Enhancement Project now being built.
This bill could be voted on as early as tomorrow!
Please contact Representative Hartzler to let her know that this policy change is inconsistent with local needs and economic drivers. You can use the link below or contact her directly: https://hartzler.house.gov/
Advocacy Alert from Rails-to-Trails:
Dear Trails Supporter,
Trails, sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes aren’t luxury items. They’re essential to help people safely get where they need to go—in small towns and large cities alike.
So why are some members of Congress trying to kill the largest federal source of funding for these types of projects?
Reps. Sam Johnson (Tex.) and Vicky Hartzler (Mo.) have introduced a bill (H.R. 2609) that would eliminate TAP—the largest dedicated source of funding for trails, and walking and biking infrastructure in America. TAP helps create trails, crosswalks, sidewalks and bike lanes, helping millions of people safely get where they need to go under their own power.
This legislation could now be offered as an amendment to a transportation funding bill that will be voted on as early as tomorrow!
If TAP is eliminated, communities across the country will lose the funding they need to make wise investments in active-transportation options at a fraction of the cost of car-only transportation infrastructure.
This cost-efficient funding helps to create healthier neighborhoods, provide transportation choices and boost local economies. These attacks on TAP are simply unwise and unacceptable—and we need to make sure they don’t go unanswered.
Programs like TAP are in high demand. Today, 12 percent of all trips in the United States are made by biking or walking. These active-transportation modes continue to grow as options for more and more Americans, yet we only invest 1.5 percent of surface transportation funds in these programs.
These aren’t the first attacks on this critical funding—and they certainly won’t be the last. Please take this simple action today.
Thanks for your support.