NJBWC, like other state-wide bike and walk coalitions across the country, is working with the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking to ensure that all bike and pedestrian funds allocated to the state in the nation’s new transportation bill are used for that purpose. NJBWC needs the support of you and your organization if the campaign is to be successful!
The bill, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” has been dubbed “MAP-21″ and becomes effective on October 1, 2012. Under MAP-21, up to 50% of the available federal funds for bike and pedestrian projects can be transferred to other uses by the governor. Together, we need to make sure Governor Chris Christie does not transfer any funds intended for bike and pedestrian projects.
NJBWC is drafting a letter to be signed by every organization in New Jersey that will be affected if funds are not used for bike and pedestrian projects. If you are a contact person for a cycling or pedestrian club, non-profit advocacy, health-related organization, environmental group, social service agency or trails use and preservation organization, please get in touch with NJBWC as soon as possible, and no later than September 3rd, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to Safe Routes to Schools, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and New Jersey Future, there are over 100 partner organizations represented in the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. We want Governor Christie to hear from every organization in New Jersey that will be affected.
Together, with thousands of unified voices, we will send a strong message to the governor that bike and pedestrian projects are good for the economy, good for the health and quality of life of all citizens, and good for the environment.