|Thanks to Laura Faulkner for the image|
Without any warning last Tuesday, there was a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to eliminate funding for projects that make new transit systems safer and more accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians. Please take the time to weigh in with your Representative and let them know how you feel about their vote.
The Emmer Amendment would have overridden the local planning process to prevent any funding for new start transit projects from being used for sidewalks, bike lanes, bike parking, etc., at train and bus stations. Fortunately the amendment failed, but just barely. The final vote was 212-214.
This fight in Congress is far from over as both sides of the chamber continue to debate the best way to fund the federal transportation bill. Let your legislator know that their future votes matter -- and you're watching. Click here to send a thank you to those who voted down last week's amendment or express your disappointment with those who voted yes.
The image above shows Ohio's U.S. House members and how they voted on the amendment. An Aye vote indicates approval for the amendment, i.e. AGAINST funding for bike/pedestrian access.
And be sure to share this with your networks so lawmakers in Congress hear loud and clear: I bike, I vote.
A BIG thanks to the League of American Bicyclists for keeping watch on our lawmakers' activities and getting the word out about this issue in time!