Photo by Jess Mathews
Cara Cycling on a Safe RouteCara, a grade three student at Valleyview Elementary in Columbus, OH, on a Safe Routes to School ride last summer.
Cycling advocates see a new two-year transportation bill passed by US Congress as a step backward in transportation policy.
The bill cut funding to biking and walking projects by up to 70 percent. It also forced walking and cycling projects into competition for funds with issues like road projects and environmental mitigation, all of which fall under the blanket term of Transportation Alternatives. The bill even removed dedicated financial backing for Safe Routes to School, a successful program that helps millions of American children bike and walk more safely to school. This bill has received heavy criticism from cycling groups and members of the public for being seriously unbalanced and failing to acknowledge the growing use of bikes and decreasing use of cars in America in the past few years.
Congress should be working on making transportation safer and more accessible to everyone, not just those with cars.