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September8,2011 ForImmediateRelease

FURTHERINFORMATION AndyClarke CaronWhitaker P:571.2135422 P:202.215.3908 bikeleague.org americabikes.org InvestinginTransportationInfrastructureforAll AStatementfromtheAmericaBikesCoalition


TheAmericaBikescoalitionsupportsPresidentObamascallforacleanextensionofthe Federaltransportationprogram(SAFETEALU).Investingintransportationinfrastructureisaway tocreateandsupportmillionsofjobs.Investinginsmallscale,laborintensiveprojectssuchas bicyclingandwalkinginfrastructureisparticularlyeffectiveincreatingjobswhilesimultaneously helpingtosolveproblemsofcongestion,obesity,airpollution,andoildependence. ThecoalitionurgesCongresstorejectHouseRepublicandemandsthatfundingforbicyclingand walkingprojectsbestrippedfromthebill.Thesedemandsarebasedonamisrepresentationof thefactsabouttheTransportationEnhancementprogram,andaseriousmisunderstandingof therolebicyclingandwalkingplayinournationstransportationsystem. IntheirresponsetothePresidentsremarks,HouseRepublicanscallfortheeliminationofthe TransportationEnhancementsprogram;theysayitistenpercentofthetransportationfunding program.Itisnot.TheTransportationEnhancementsprogramis1.5%percentoftheoverall transportationprogram,ofwhichroughlyonehalfisusuallyspentonbicyclingandwalking infrastructure. Endingthispopularandsuccessfulprogramafter20yearswouldjeopardizeinvestmentin thousandsofsmallscale,laborintensiveprojectsthatcanbeimplementedquicklyand efficiently.AccordingtothePoliticalEconomyResearchInstitute(PERI),bicycleprojectsyield 11.4jobspermilliondollarsspent,versus7.8jobscreatedpermillionspentonroadonly projects.Thesebicycleprojectsalsogenerateeconomicactivityforaverylowupfrontcost, offeringtremendousreturnsoninvestment.Inthiseconomicclimate,thisisexactlythekindof investmentourcitiesandourbusinessesneed. Bicyclingandwalkingtripsmakeup12%ofalltripsintheUnitedStates;bicyclistsand pedestrianscomprise14%ofallfatalcrashvictimsonournationsroadsandyetthesetwo modesoftransportationreceivebarelymorethan1%ofFederaltransportationinvestment. Activetransportationisgrowinginpopularityandsignificanceincommunitiesthroughoutthe nationandthiswelcometrendisdueinparttotheinvestmentofFederaltransportationfundsin bicyclingandwalkinginfrastructure. TheAmericaBikescoalitionurgesCongresstopassacleanextensiontothetransportationbill, andsupportcontinueddedicatedfundingforbicyclingandwalkingprograms. AmericaBikesisacoalitionofleadersfromthebicyclecommunityadvocatingforpositive outcomesforbicyclinginthefederaltransportationbill.

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