Still Time to Save Cycling

The Bike Fed received our last update about the Petri (R-WI)/Johnson (R-IL) amendment to the House Transportation Bill around 8:30 last night.  The news is mixed as Petri has only two solid Republican votes in support of his amendment on the 59 member committee. Rep. Reid Ribble, (R-WI) who represents the 8th district (click to see map), is the only other Wisconsin member of Congress on the committee. If you, or any of your friends, know someone who lives or works in Rep. Ribble’s 8th district, please ask them to call or email their Congressman from Neenah TODAY and ask him to vote in favor of the Petri/Johnson amendment to save federal funding for bicycle programs.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, chances are you have already received an email action alert from some other national bicycle organization as advocates across the country have tried to rally their members and friends to save cycling. The Bike Fed has sent targeted emails to our members who live in both Petri’s and Ribble’s districts asking them to call or email their Congressman and voice support for this amendment. Rep. Ribble presented the Bike Fed with an award last year, so we called his chief of staff and made our case in support of the amendment. We also provided Ribble’s office with supporting evidence detailing how the small federal investments in cycling have paid big dividends for his district in particular, and Wisconsin in general.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meets at 9am this morning to mark up the bill and you can watch the fight to save cycling live here. Be forewarned that there are more than 100 amendments to this bill, so you might want to have a comfy chair and some popcorn. In the meantime, the Bike Fed would like to thank our friends and supporters who have been reaching out to Washington from Wisconsin. In particular, we would like to thank our bicycle industry leaders for their help.

John Burke, president of Trek, sent emails to 350 Trek Dealers across the country and asked each dealer to contact their congressional representative and to email all their customers and ask them to do the same. If you frequent a bike shop that sells Trek bicycles, you probably got such an email and we hope you have made that call. Chris Fortune from Saris Cycling Group is a well-connected business leader, and he has made personal appeals to everyone in his network in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. to support the Petri/Johnson amendment.   Chris Kegel, owner of Wheel & Sprocket stores, and one of the best known and well liked bicycle advocacy leaders in the nation, has been working every connection he has.

At the bottom of this email is a long list of national organizations that support the Petri/Johnson amendment. Immediately below, you can see some of the supporting documents we sent to Rep. Ribble’s office that clearly illustrate the tremendous return on investment those relatively few federal dollars have had in Wisconsin.

You may also find the following media links insightful:

Lakeland Times on TE funded expansion of the trails in Boulder Junction

Bicycling Boulder Junction: Boulder Junction is becoming as well know for trails as for Muskie fishing

Door County Lodging News: Impact of loosing TE funding for trail hits Door County

Kimberly-Clark venerable Neenah corporation supports cycling in Wisconsin

National Organizations

 

Adventure Cycling Association

Alliance for Biking & Walking

Alliance of National Heritage Areas

America Bikes

America Walks

American Cultural Resources Association

American Heart Association

American Hiking Society

American Planning Association

American Public Health Association

American Trails

Americans for the Arts

America’s State Parks

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

City Parks Alliance

International Mountain Bicycling Association

League of American Bicyclists

National Association of Counties

National Association of Realtors

National Association of Regional Councils

National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services

National Complete Streets Coalition

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

National Parent Teacher Association

National Preservation Institute

National Recreation and Park Association

National Trust Community Investment Corporation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Partnership for Prevention

PolicyLink

Preservation Action

Public Health Law & Policy

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Ride America for Safe Routes

Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Society for Historical Archaeology

TrailsNet.com

Transportation for America

U.S. Public Interest Research Group

YMCA of the USA

State and Regional Organizations

Mississippi River Trail, Inc. (AR)

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AR)

Bike Walk Connecticut (CT)

California Bicycle Coalition (CA)

Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (CO)

Delaware Council on Greenways & Trails (DE)

Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation (FL)

Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance (ID)

Iowa Bicycle Coalition (IA)

MassBike (MA)

Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MA)

Maryland Historical Trust (MD)

Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MI)

Missouri Tourism Director (MO)

Mississippi Main Street Association (MS)

State Historic Preservation Officer, Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MS)

Preservation New Jersey (NJ)

North Carolina Rail-Trails (NC)

North Dakota State Historic Preservation Officer (ND)

Heritage Ohio (OH)

Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OH)

Bike Texas (TX)

Preservation Trust of Vermont (VT)

State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (VT)

Virginia Bicycling Federation (VA)

Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VA)

West Virginia Cycling Foundation (WV)

West Virginia Wilderness Coalition (WV

 

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 11 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave lives with his wife Liz and daughter Frankie in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's west side.

One thought on “Still Time to Save Cycling

  1. Any Republican with an amendment like this knew – KNEW! – it would not go through. He/she would have a reason for such an attempt, anyway. I wonder what that reason is. Hmmmm.

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