Today the Chair of the US House Transportation Committee his vision for the future of federal transportation funding, and unfortunately it does not include the dedicated bicycle and pedestrian funding that has been crucial for hundreds of projects across Missouri. We need your help today to let Congress know that there is strong support for investing in bicycling and walking.
Over the last 15 years more than 100 projects have been made possible by federal transportation funds, including:
- Annual Greater Kansas City Bike Week
- BikeWalkKC’s ongoing public bike education classes
- Heart of America Bridge bike/ped path over the Missouri River.
- Riverfront Heritage Trail.
- Indian Creek Trail.
- North Antioch sidewalks.
- Mill Creek Streamway Trail.
- Little Blue Trace Trail.
- Bike lanes planned for Armour and Benton Boulevards in Midtown KC.
- Bus stop and crosswalk improvements all over the metro area.
- Sidewalks in Raytown
All of these projects are partnerships between local, state, and federal agencies. $20 million local dollars have been leveraged with over $40 million in federal funds.
Hard data shows that investments in bicycling and walking projects have a higher return on investment and generate more jobs per dollar than road and highway projects. In these challenging economic times, now is precisely the wrong time to cut these investments in projects that put Missourians to work and help local residents to school and work safely.
We especially need Northlanders to respond to this alert, as Congressman Sam Graves serves on the House Transportation Committee and will be a key vote on this issue. Please forward this to all of the cyclists and pedestrians you know in the Northland.