Thursday, December 18, 2008

SAVE Green Infrastructure in the Economic Stimulus Bill!

If you were counting on President-Elect Obama's economic stimulus package to fund green infrastructure, like bicycle and pedestrian projects, then you best make your voice heard.

The economic stimulus package being fashioned by Congress will include $100 billion for infrastructure, which is a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fund bike/pedestrian projects at a large scale. But, our friends at the American Bicycle League are joining the chorus of Friends of the Earth and Transportation for America to tell us that there is pressure to make the bill lean towards road projects and not adequately fund “green” infrastructure. This bill could potentially fund local bicycle projects such as completing segments of the Schuylkill River Trail. We can't lose this opportunity!

Speak up to make sure that the bill’s language funds the Transportation Enhancement set aside which is the primary source for bicycle and pedestrian projects. Send a message now to your Congress representative.