CalBike gathers sign-on letters to preserve safety funding
Despite the reduction in dedicated funding for bicycling and walking safety in the new federal transportation bill MAP-21, as we reported earlier, California can dedicate as much of that money as it wants.
In the next few weeks, the State Legislature and the Administration (Caltrans, Business Transportation and Housing and the Governor’s office) will decide how to spend the annual allocation of $3.5 billion in federal transportation funds. In coalition with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, California WALKS and TransForm, we are leading the effort to tell the decision makers to maintain level amounts of funding in three programs: Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements and Recreational Trails. This amounts to $106 million/year for safety — only 3% of the MAP-21 budget while walking and bicycling represent 15% of trips and 27% of fatalities in the state of California.