Call Sen. Boxer TODAY – Safe Routes in Jeopardy
Negotiations on the transportation bill have reached a new urgency, and Sen. Boxer (D-CA) is meeting personally with House leaders TODAY to decide the fate of biking, walking and Safe Routes to School programs in Congress.
The House is demanding that bicycling and walking funding be made optional, and to eliminate Safe Routes to School even as an eligible use of funds. The future of our programs are on the line in today’s meeting between Sen. Boxer and Rep. Mica.
Sen. Boxer needs to hear from her California constituents today—you—about how important these programs are to your community’s safety, accessibility, and economic competitiveness.
Will you call Senator Boxer in one of her California district offices today and ask her to save local control over biking and walking?
Over the past few years, tens of thousands of individuals have sent emails made phone calls and organized events to make sure Congress does the right thing on bicycling and walking funding. So far we have been successful at protecting the funding that makes streets safer and more accessible in our communities. We can’t let that be sacrificed at today’s meeting.
It’s easy to call Senator Boxer’s office. Just choose an office from the list below and use the following suggested talking points. Please take 4 minutes to do so today! Thank you so much for your help.
1. Pick one of Sen. Boxer's district offices below:
Oakland: (510) 286-8537
Los Angeles: (213) 894-5000
Sacramento: (916) 448-2787
San Diego: (619) 239-3884
Fresno: (559) 497-5109
Riverside: (951) 684-4849
2. Call the number and use the following suggested script:
Hi, my name is [[name]] and I live in [[city/town]]. I’m calling to ask that Senator Boxer maintain the Cardin-Cochran agreement and ensure that Transportation Alternatives not allow states to opt-out of local control over local transportation projects, including biking and walking improvements and Safe Routes to School.
Will Senator Boxer preserve the bipartisan Cardin-Cochran agreement and ensure that Transportation Alternatives not allow states to opt-out of local control or strip eligibility for Safe Routes to School?
The bipartisan Cardin-Cochran agreement in the Senate transportation bill would ensure that local governments can access 1 – 2% of federal transportation dollars for local projects.
Local officials, who govern closest to the communities they serve, need an opportunity to guide funding for local projects such as biking and walking improvements.
It is essential that biking and walking programs not include a state opt-out provision. When the state controls all funding, small, local projects fall between the cracks and local officials lose the opportunity to use transportation funds to address local transportation needs.
Please also make sure that Congress does not strip eligibility for the Safe Routes to School program, since the safety of our children is so critical.
Thank you so much for standing up for biking and walking at this absolutely pivotal time.