Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Let's end the epidemic of preventable bicycling and pedestrian fatalities

Let's end the epidemic of preventable bicycling and pedestrian fatalities

Take Action!

Tell your Representative not to sacrifice the safety of bicyclists or pedestrians

We learned last week, with the release of the League of American Bicyclists Fair Share for Safety from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) report, and Transportation for America’s Dangerous by Design report, that the federal government and many state departments of transportation have made a dangerous choice by prioritizing speeding traffic over the safety of people.

From 2000 to 2009, 47,700 Americans were struck and killed while walking and another 688,000 were injured. Furthermore, since 2009, only half a dozen states actually dedicated Highway Safety Funds specifically to bicycle and pedestrian projects. This is clearly a national problem, as 67 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in the last ten years occurred on federal-aid roads eligible to receive federal funding for improvements.

Congress is currently contemplating the elimina­tion of key bicycle and pedestrian funding programs in the next transportation bill such as, Transporta­tion Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and the Recreational Trails program.

Contact your Representative today and tell them that without dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects and the Complete Streets Act of 2011, H.R. 1780, to ensure that all federally funded road projects take into account the needs of all users, states will likely reduce spending for safety features like sidewalks, crosswalks and trails.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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