• USDOT: Federal Funding For Walking and Bicycling Now Depends on Local Advocates

    by  • August 2, 2012 • Federal Funding, Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

    United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

    The new Boxer-Mica Highway Bill (aka MAP-21) eliminated the main federal program that had funded most walking and bicycling projects since 1992.  But United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says that federal funding for walking and bicycling is still possible.  But now local advocates are responsible for making it happen.  “Although highway formula funding is passed to the states, states can still use some of those funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects,” Secretary LaHood said recently.  “It’s true that MAP-21 permits the states to redirect transportation enhancement funding for purposes other than active transportation, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will.  If accessibility advocates and biking and walking advocates make their voices heard in their state capitols and in their county and city councils, there’s no reason to believe that the tremendous progress we’ve made in the last three years can’t continue.”

    Read Secretary LaHood’s full comments HERE>>

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    About

    James Wilson is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever. Delaware is now officially ranked as the #3 Bicycle Friendly State in America.

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