Governor Brown’s recent budget proposal consolidates several separate active transportation funding streams (state and federal Safe Routes to School programs, federal Transportation Alternatives Program, state Bicycle Transportation Account, and the state Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program) to create a new Active Transportation Program. While such a bold move once again positions California as a leader in advancing walking and biking transportation, California WALKS and a coalition of organizations are asking you to support our petition that urges the Administration to first address several concerns.
Please join California WALKS—along with the California Bicycle Coalition, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Regional Asthma Management & Prevention, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and TransForm—and sign-on to our petition that requests the Governor to:
- Match 2012 funding levels initially and grow Active Transportation Program funds in the future;
- Maintain minimum guarantees for Safe Routes to School, Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation, and Recreational Trails within the new program structure;
- Ensure adequate staff at Caltrans to administer the new program; and
- Engage stakeholders in shaping the Active Transportation Program, selecting future projects, and prioritizing social equity.
Read the full petition here. Both individuals and organizations are encouraged to sign-on today. The deadline to sign the petition is January 28 at 5 PM.
We have a key opportunity NOW to encourage the Administration to make the Active Transportation Program truly transformational for California. Help us spread the word so we can demonstrate that Californians unequivocally support walking, biking, and Safe Routes to School for generations to come!