Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, June 14, 2013

State Funding for Trails

As you know Pennsylvania is a great place to bike and walk.

Many of our cities are bike- and pedestrian-friendly — and the vast networks of trails are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and go about your daily trips.

In fact, 12 percent of all trips in the state are by bike or by footyet there is no dedicated state funding for these programs!

Now, you can help ensure that our state continues to invest in these “active transportation” networks as the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considers the state transportation budget.

Take action now: Urge your State Representative to adequately fund dedicated funding for bicycling and walking.

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a comprehensive transportation budget bill that includes dedicated funding for biking, walking and trails for the first time ever. We've been working in coalition with all other transportation interests including road, rail and transit in support of a comprehensive funding bill.

Now, it’s the state House’s turn — and the fight will be much harder.

Rose, your state representative, Mike Reese, will play a key role in making sure the state House follows the senate’s lead — and a vote will take place in the coming days. That’s why it’s important that you take action now.

Your state representative needs to hear from you now. Please take just a few moments to urge Rep. Mike Reese ] to support dedicated and comprehensive funding for biking, walking and trails — as is found in the senate’s bill.

Together, we can ensure that biking, walking and trails continue to be a part of Pennsylvania’s transportation system.

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