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March8,2012 BicyclingandWalkingOrganizationsRespondtoMAP21ManagersAmendment AmericaBikes,acoalitionrepresentingthenationsleadingbicyclingandwalking groups,supportsMAP21,thebipartisanSenatetransportationbillasamendedby themanagerspackage.AmericaBikesispleasedtheSenatebillincorporatesthe CardinCochranamendmentthatensureslocalgovernments,schoolsystems,and metropolitanplanningorganizationsaccesstomuchneededfundingtomake walkingandbicyclingsafeandaccessibleincommunitiesacrossthecountry.We urgetheSenatetoquicklypassthismuchimprovedtransportationbill. IfMAP21becomeslaw,thislegislationwouldensurethatlocalgovernmentsand communitieshaveavoiceinthetransportationdecisionsthataffecttheirstreets. Asamended,MAP21requiresstateDepartmentsofTransportation(DOTs)to maketheirAdditionalActivitiesfundsavailabletometropolitanplanning organizations(MPOs)andlocalgovernments.

ts.EligibleusesforAdditionalActivities fundsincludeTransportationEnhancements,SafeRoutestoSchool,andother uses.ThestateDOTwillallocate50%oftheAdditionalActivitiesfundstoMPOs andruralareas.MPOswillthenholdacompetitivegrantprocesstoawardfundsto projectsintheirareas.WiththeremainingAdditionalActivitiesfunds,stateDOTs willholdtheirowncompetitivegrantprocesstosupportlocalprojects.Local governments,schooldistricts,publiclandsagencies,andothersmayapplyfor thesefundsfromtheDOT.ThesenewsafeguardsinMAP21wouldensurethat communitiesofeverysizebenefitfrommakingtheirownlocalizedtransportation decisionsforsafestreets. AmericaBikesthanksamendmentsponsorsSenatorsCardin(DMD)andCochran (RMS)fortheiradvocacyforlocalgovernments.Thecoalitionwouldalsoliketo thankSenatorsBoxer(DCA)andInhofe(ROK)forworkingwiththeamendment sponsorstoincorporatetheamendment. TheinclusionofCardinCochranandotheramendmentsincludingonesponsored bySenatorUdall(DNM)toincludebicyclistsandpedestriansinplanning decisionsmakesagoodtransportationbillbetter.AmericaBikessupportsfurther effortstostrengthentheSenatestransportationbillforwalkingandbicycling.In particular,wesupportSenatorKlobuchars(DMN)amendmenttoreinstatethe RecreationalTrailsProgramandSenatorMerkleys(DOR)amendmenttoeliminate aprovisionmakingitillegalforpeopletoridebicyclesoncertainroadsinnational parksandfederallands. Itisimperativethatfederaltransportationinvestmentsincludewalkingand bicyclinginfrastructure.ThesefacilitiesbenefitAmericancommunitiesby increasingsafetyforallusers,givingAmericansmoretransportationchoices, reducingcongestion,andencouragingactivetransportation.Welookforwardto workingwithSenateleaderstoadvanceMAP21.