The American Automobile Association (AAA) wants Congress to cut funds that support trail, biking and walking programs in order to funnel that money to the highway system. AAA has forgotten that bicyclists and pedestrians drive, support AAA, pay gas taxes and want balanced transportation systems that provide the choice to get around in a variety of ways.
In a recent issue of AAA World magazine, Don Gagnon, president and CEO of AAA Mid-Atlantic, argued to restrict the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to just highways. That argument may sound reasonable on its face given the fund’s name, but such a change would eliminate popular and effective programs that have been the lifeblood of our movement for two decades, helping to create more than 19,000 miles of rail-trails and many other bicycle and walking facilities around the country.
Since 1991, Congress has clearly intended the HTF to be used flexibly for all aspects of a surface transportation system. Like the 1990 Clean Air Act before it, AAA is now working to defeat clean transportation alternatives as well. Here’s how you can tell them NO: Sign this simple on-line petition, with a pre-written, customizable letter with only your name, zip, and email required.