Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ask Governor Rendell and Corzine to Support Funding for Bike Trails

It is time for Philadelphia to fill the gaps in the Schuylkill River Trail, for Pennsylvania to have a connected East Coast Greenway connecting to New Jersey and Delaware, and for Camden, New Jersey to become a city of trails, not highways.

Between the Complete the Schuylkill River Trail and East Coast Greenway campaigns, a broad network of organizations is asking that supporters of green infrastructure (you!) ask Governor Rendell and Governor Corzine to support completing these trails.

A little over a month ago, Philadelphia and five other surrounding counties submitted to the federal government for stimulus funding an unprecedented multi-jurisdictional application (called GREAT PA/NJ) for $36 million to build 17 segments of the Schuylkill River Trail, the East Coast Greenway and the Camden GreenWay. If stimulus funds can repair highways and bridges, remodel transit stations and repave roads, why shouldn't that same type of funding build bicycle & pedestrian trails? This is a HUGE opportunity to significantly advance active transportation regionally and to close many of the gaps along these trail systems.

Let Governor Rendell and Governor Corzine know that you are counting on them to be supportive of the GREAT PA/NJ application and to support other funding programs to build and complete bicycle & pedestrian trails. Send an email letter (which you can personalize) to your Governor today!