While the bill made it out of Committee onto the House floor, it didn’t have enough votes and consequently, it was put off until September. Still, your action made a difference: according to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, “The level of calls and emails surprised a lot of lawmakers. We made a big impression on them.” More details are available over at the BCGP blog. Thanks to all who took action!
This is a critical week for safer bicycling in Pennsylvania. The state govenment is contemplating amendments that would completely eliminate dedicated funding for bicycle projects?the bike lanes, paths, and trails that make our bike rides better and our communities safer. This could be very bad for bicycling.
Please click here to contact your state representatives and tell them why it’s important to invest in bicycling. Your ride depends on it.
Here’s more info from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia:
“The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed Senate Bill 1, a comprehensive, 21st century transportation funding solution for Pennsylvania. Given the choice, everyone would prefer Pennsylvania to exist in the 21st century, right?
Now Pennsylvania’s House Transportation Committee is contemplating amendments to that bill. The proposed amendments strip out what the Senate had recommended for biking and walking.
The amendments completely eliminate dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects that make our communities safer.
These proposed amendments would also reduce the funds available for multi-modal projects and deal a huge blow to mass transit, leading to massive service cuts around the state.
These amendments would be very, very bad for Pennsylvania.
As a state we need to improve and diversify our transportation. We need to be able to get where we need to go safely. Bicycling and walking are active modes of transportation. 12% of all trips in Pennsylvania (not just Philly, but the whole state) occur on foot or on bike. But these House amendments want no dedicated funding for bicycling or pedestrian projects.
If you care about Pennsylvania making us safer by funding bicycling and walking, please contact the House leadership and the Governor today!”