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Help Stop the Attack on Federal Safe Routes to School Funding
The U.S. Department of Transportation has made safety its number one priority, and Safe Routes to School is critical to improving safety for some of our most vulnerable citizens. More than 6,500 schools and communities have received grants made available from the federal Safe Routes to School program to make important safety improvements—such as putting in sidewalks, pathways or crosswalks—to make it safer for children to walk and bicycle to school. Studies have shown that Safe Routes to School improvements reduce bicycle and pedestrian collisions by 49%.
House Republican Whip Eric Cantor has targeted the federal Safe Routes to School program as wasteful government spending as part of his YouCut program. Rep. Cantor asks people to vote for which of five options they would cut from the federal budget. Republicans then hold a floor vote in the House of Representatives to try and eliminate the program that gets the most votes.
This week, the federal Safe Routes to School program is one of Rep. Cantor's targets. He argues that SRTS duplicates other bicycling and walking programs, and that bicycling and walking infrastructure is a local government responsibility. We need your help making sure that Members of Congress understand the value of Safe Routes to School and support it.
Please take 3 minutes to send a message to your Member of Congress to ask them to vote against any effort to cut Safe Routes to School by visiting http://www.capwiz.com/lab/issues/alert/?alertid=15141271. Just click the link, fill in your zip code to find your Member of Congress, provide your address, and personalize the email message.
Thank you very much for helping stand up for Safe Routes to School!