The new federal transportation program has cut dedicated bike/ped funding by a third, but it maintained flexibility. The California Transportation Agency has proposed using that flexibility to consolidate a number of programs into the single Active Transportation Program. It eliminated important long-standing programs, like the Bicycle Transportation Account and Safe Routes to School, but increased overall funding by 30%.
The California Bicycle Coalition supports the consolidation because it accomplishes the most important goal: increasing the state’s investment in bicycling infrastructure. But a report released today shows that the ATP’s funding of $120 million/year is a very small fraction of the $8 billion needed to build the necessary bicycle networks, an incredibly cost-effective investment for the state's transportation system.
Read the full report: CaliforniaBikeBudgetProposal2013