It sure is good to win one from time to time. The proposed drastic cut in federal funding for active transportation projects has been avoided. From our partners at peopleforbikes.org:
[Advocates] influenced this outcome by sending close to 50,000 emails and making thousands of phone calls to their U.S. Senators in just 48 hours. Thank you!
As a result, funding for all federal transportation programs has now been extended to March 31, 2012. The key, cost-effective programs that make bicycling safer and easier — Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails — will continue to receive modest, dedicated support — about 1.5 percent of the total federal transportation investment.
Every U.S. Senate office received an unprecedented number of well-crafted emails and articulate phone calls this week from people who bike. This powerful show of support for bicycling made a strong impression on Congress and influenced the positive outcome.
Thanks to all of you who answered the call to action!