Targeting potential GOP allies to protect federal bicycle funding
After months of bracing for the worst, bicycle advocates got a very different surprise last week when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 90-day extension of the existing federal transportation bill without continuing to propose an end to dedicated funding for bicycling infrastructure and programs. It's another sign that our collective advocacy efforts are paying off.
Cuts to bicycle funding proposed in an earlier version of the House transportation bill proved controversial even among some Republicans. America Bikes, which continues to lobby to protect federal bicycle funding, has identified three open-minded Republican Representatives from California who can help swing the House in our favor. We're urging our members and affiliates in three Southern California counties to remind Representatives Jerry Lewis, Mary Bono Mack, and Brian Bilbray just how important bicycle safety is to their constituents.