The Current State of Play on the Transportation Bill <br />
America Bikes<br />Adventure Cycling Association<br />Alliance for Biking & Walking<br />Association of Pedestrian and Bic...
Partner Organizations<br />
  America Bikes Platform<br />	Complete Streets<br /> Increased Investment in biking and walking<br />Safety<br /> Safe Ro...
Federal funding for Bicycling and Walking<br />
Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects<br />
     2009- 2010 – Good News<br /> Recovery Act<br />Transportation Enhancement Set Aside<br /> TIGER Program<br /> Obersta...
Obama Proposal<br /> $50 Billion for Infrastructure / jobs<br />Rebuild Roads<br /> Invest in Rail and Transit<br /> Repai...
Challenges<br /> Extensions<br /> Highway Trust Fund<br />Partisan politics<br />
Complete Streets <br />Requires that ALL potential users of our streets and roads–including bicyclists – are taken into ac...
Complete Streets -Why do we need it ?<br />Although endorsed by FHWA in 1999, no federal leadership or oversight for guida...
      Complete Streets -STAA<br />Comprehensive Street Design policies and principles (CSD)<br />Federal Code<br />Be cons...
Complete Streets<br />S.584: Introduced by Senator Harkin (D-IA) 14 Cosponsors<br />H.R. 1443: Introduced by Congresswoman...
Complete Streets<br />Challenges<br /> Cost Concerns<br /> Rural Compliance<br /> Penalty Provision<br />Opportunities<br ...
Build ActiveTransportation Systems<br />Infrastructure themes in America Bikes platform:<br />Focused investment: systems ...
Active TransportationInvestment Fund<br />Active Communities Transportation Act ACT Act, H.R. 4722<br />focused federal in...
Cleveland, OH<br />SYSTEM<br /> Active Transportation plan will put all residents within 10 minute bike ride of trail link...
27% of all trips are <1 mile<br />48% of all trips are <3 miles<br />87% of all trips are <15 miles<br />Trip Length<br />...
    Progress and Challenges<br /> Broad support for ACT Act<br /> Blumenauer + 67 House cosponsors <br /> 53 community cas...
   U.S. Bike Route System<br />Proposed national network of bike routes between communities   <br />Signed (#) routes usin...
         Bread and Butter Programs<br />Transportation Enhancements<br />Recreational Trails<br />Congestion Mitigation an...
    Emerging Opportunities<br />Climate: “CLEAN-TEA”<br />Economy: Stimulus/jobs<br />Health: Prevention and Public Health...
Innovative Design<br />Enable communities to experiment with innovative active transportation designs<br />Innovative Desi...
1992:<br />83 miles of bikeways<br />2,850 daily trips<br />2006:<br />263 miles of bikeways<br />~12,000 daily trips<br /...
Safe Routes to School America Bikes Platform<br />Reauthorize SRTS at a “substantially higher” level<br />3x as many appli...
Safe Routes to School America Bikes Platform<br />Improve project delivery and reduce overhead<br />Reduce challenges and ...
Current Status - Senate<br />Senate bill introduced, S. 1156<br />Encompasses all aspects of the platform, plus $600 milli...
Current Status - House<br />House T&I Committee’s STAA draft<br />Chairman Oberstar (D-MN) is the creator of Safe Routes t...
		         What’s likely? (If a transportation bill moves forward…)<br />An increase in funding—but not likely as ambitiou...
Building Support and Addressing Concerns<br />In summer 2010, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor included SRTS in his “YouC...
Fair Share for Safety<br />Fair Share for Safety<br />13% fatalities = 13% of funding<br />Explicit bicycle and pedestrian...
Safety Goals<br />A [___] percent reduction..of highway fatalities ...  <br /> <br /> A [__] percent reduction.. of seriou...
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    We the members of Aachieve Academy have organised an event called “Cycle On Bangalore - A fight against Pollution”, a cycling trail, on January 16, 2011. Some of the big names have confirmed their presence for the event. A trail will be held which is open for the public. A participation of 500 members has been set as our target. We have also received a confirmation of 200 members..

    We will be cycling from Madhavan Ground to Vidhan Soudha via, Ashoka pillar, Double road, Kanteerava Stadium, Cubbon Park ands return. The event starts at 7AM.

    We request you to join us by participating in large numbers and help us spread the awareness of pollution to a wider extent. A responsible media will cover the event.
    We will look forward to your positive confirmation.

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  • Who is America Bikes-America Bikes is a coalition of 8 national biking organizations that come together around the transportation billACA- focuses on bike touringABW-coalition of 160 state and local groups, focuses on building capacityAPBP- engineers, planners as well as advocatesIMBA- everything from advocating for MB access on public lands, to building urban jump parks in US citiesLAB- The oldest of US Bike Adv. Groups. Bike Friendly Amer. Where cities, towns and business apply for bike friendly designationNCBW- premier newsletter on b/w, host the pro Walk/pro bike –lgst N. A. bike/ped symposium, implementaitonRTC-abandoned rail lines to bike paths. Now goal of 90% of Americans w/in 3 m/5 k of a path
  • The US Congress first created funding programs for bicycling and walking in 1991, and the bicycle groups created Bikes Belong/America Bikes in the mid 1990s for the second authorization transportation bill. As you can see we have been successful in increasing funding for bicycling and walking.The dips in the chart show times between authorizations, where the current authorization ran out and the next one has not been written by Congress. During these times the US DOT runs on short term extensions, which means that there is no long term guarantee on funding. Funding for all transportation projects dip during this time, including bicycling and walking.The Red in the chart indicates funding from the 2008 Recovery Act or stimulus which President Obama signed in early 2008. This was a one time infusion in cash which pushed spending on bicycling and walking to the 1.2 Billion mark. Even without this influx though 2008 was a record year.
  • This chart shows the same data in number of projects built. TIM- do you know why we saw a dip in 2005-06? I’ll look into it.
  • Session 43: The Current State of Play on the Transportation Bill in Washington DC

    1. 1. The Current State of Play on the Transportation Bill <br />
    2. 2. America Bikes<br />Adventure Cycling Association<br />Alliance for Biking & Walking<br />Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals<br />Bikes Belong<br />International Mountain Biking Association<br />League of American Bicyclists<br />National Center for Bicycling and Walking<br />Rails-to-Trails Conservancy<br />
    3. 3. Partner Organizations<br />
    4. 4. America Bikes Platform<br /> Complete Streets<br /> Increased Investment in biking and walking<br />Safety<br /> Safe Routes to School<br /> Fair share for Safety<br /> Livability<br />
    5. 5. Federal funding for Bicycling and Walking<br />
    6. 6. Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects<br />
    7. 7. 2009- 2010 – Good News<br /> Recovery Act<br />Transportation Enhancement Set Aside<br /> TIGER Program<br /> Oberstar Bill<br />Surface Transportation Authorization Act<br />Secretary LaHood <br /> Livability<br />Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy<br />Health Bill<br />
    8. 8. Obama Proposal<br /> $50 Billion for Infrastructure / jobs<br />Rebuild Roads<br /> Invest in Rail and Transit<br /> Repair Airports and Update technology<br /> Innovative Financing<br /> Performance Measures<br />“Jump Start on a 6 year transportation bill”<br />
    9. 9. Challenges<br /> Extensions<br /> Highway Trust Fund<br />Partisan politics<br />
    10. 10. Complete Streets <br />Requires that ALL potential users of our streets and roads–including bicyclists – are taken into account in the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of ALL federally funded projects. <br />
    11. 11. Complete Streets -Why do we need it ?<br />Although endorsed by FHWA in 1999, no federal leadership or oversight for guidance<br />Bicycle and pedestrian investment is only about 1.5% of federal transportation budget.<br />Crucial to ensure a balance for all modes <br />
    12. 12. Complete Streets -STAA<br />Comprehensive Street Design policies and principles (CSD)<br />Federal Code<br />Be consistent with CSD<br />Provide Adequate Accommodation<br />Office of Livability <br /> Encourages states to adopt policies<br /> Collects and shares best practices<br />Does not require states to adopt a policy<br /> Does not include elements of a<br /> complete streets policy.<br />
    13. 13. Complete Streets<br />S.584: Introduced by Senator Harkin (D-IA) 14 Cosponsors<br />H.R. 1443: Introduced by Congresswoman Matsui (D-CA) –58 co-sponsors.<br />Requires states and MPOs to adopt complete streets policies,<br />Insure policies are flexible and cost-effective, allowing exemptions<br />Directs USDOT to track and report on Compliance<br />Includes penalty for non- compliance<br />
    14. 14. Complete Streets<br />Challenges<br /> Cost Concerns<br /> Rural Compliance<br /> Penalty Provision<br />Opportunities<br />Over 20 states and 130 communities have adopted policies<br /> Emphasis on Performance Measures<br />
    15. 15. Build ActiveTransportation Systems<br />Infrastructure themes in America Bikes platform:<br />Focused investment: systems shift trips<br />Enhance existing funding programs<br />Emerging policy opportunities and designs<br />
    16. 16. Active TransportationInvestment Fund<br />Active Communities Transportation Act ACT Act, H.R. 4722<br />focused federal investment<br />Ave. $400M/year for 5 years<br />Competitive multi-year grants: $25M-$75M/cmty<br />complete integrated systems <br />mode shift<br />
    17. 17. Cleveland, OH<br />SYSTEM<br /> Active Transportation plan will put all residents within 10 minute bike ride of trail linked to major employment and activity centers <br />
    18. 18. 27% of all trips are <1 mile<br />48% of all trips are <3 miles<br />87% of all trips are <15 miles<br />Trip Length<br /> Short Trips Dominate:<br />¼ within 20 minute walk, ½ within 20 minute bicycle ride<br />
    19. 19. Progress and Challenges<br /> Broad support for ACT Act<br /> Blumenauer + 67 House cosponsors <br /> 53 community case statements<br /> 400 organizations and local elected officials<br /> Senate counterpart, champion<br /> Partisanship on Hill (not in communities)<br />
    20. 20. U.S. Bike Route System<br />Proposed national network of bike routes between communities <br />Signed (#) routes using existing facilities<br />Adventure Cycling/AASHTO<br />Seek recognition and implementation<br />
    21. 21. Bread and Butter Programs<br />Transportation Enhancements<br />Recreational Trails<br />Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)<br />Authorization levels/Reforms/Rescissions<br />
    22. 22. Emerging Opportunities<br />Climate: “CLEAN-TEA”<br />Economy: Stimulus/jobs<br />Health: Prevention and Public Health Fund<br />Community Transformation Grants<br />
    23. 23. Innovative Design<br />Enable communities to experiment with innovative active transportation designs<br />Innovative Design Summit (Bikes Belong/RTC)<br />NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide<br />
    24. 24. 1992:<br />83 miles of bikeways<br />2,850 daily trips<br />2006:<br />263 miles of bikeways<br />~12,000 daily trips<br />Build It, They Will Come:Portland, OR Alta/PedNet<br />12,500<br />350<br />Bridge Bicycle Traffic<br />300<br />Bikeway Miles<br />10,000<br />250<br />7,500<br />200<br />Cyclists Per Day<br />150<br />5,000<br />100<br />2,500<br />50<br />0<br />0<br />BikewayMiles<br />Year:<br />1991<br />1992<br />1993<br />1994<br />1995<br />1996<br />1997<br />1998<br />1999<br />2000<br />2001<br />2002<br />2003<br />2004<br />2005<br />2006<br />Bridge Bicycle Traffic<br />2,850<br />3,555<br />3,885<br />3,830<br />3,207<br />4,520<br />5,225<br />5,690<br />5,910<br />6,015<br />7,686<br />8,250<br />8,562<br />8,875<br />10,192<br />11,956<br />78<br />83<br />86<br />103<br />113<br />144<br />166<br />183<br />213<br />222<br />235<br />252<br />254<br />260<br />262<br />263<br />Bikeway Miles<br />
    25. 25. Safe Routes to School America Bikes Platform<br />Reauthorize SRTS at a “substantially higher” level<br />3x as many applicants requesting 4x funds available now<br />Just 6% of schools nationwide will receive a grant<br />Would take $17 billion to award just 1 grant to every K-8 school<br />Expand to include high schools<br />17.6% of high school students are obese;activity levels low<br />Would help transition to life-long habits<br />
    26. 26. Safe Routes to School America Bikes Platform<br />Improve project delivery and reduce overhead<br />Reduce challenges and delays from “title 23” highwayregulations<br />Exempt non-infrastructure projects from these regulations<br />Require FHWA and State DOTs to use existing practicesand precedents that will speed implementation of infrastructure projects<br />Ensure a fair balance of funding to all types of communities, urban, suburban and rural<br />
    27. 27. Current Status - Senate<br />Senate bill introduced, S. 1156<br />Encompasses all aspects of the platform, plus $600 million funding level and setaside for research and evaluation<br />Introduced by 5 Senators: Harkin (D-IA), Burr (R-NC), Sanders (I-VT), Collins (R-ME), and Merkley (D-OR)<br />Now have 25 total Senators as sponsors<br />SRTSNP Director Deb Hubsmith invited by EPW Chairman Boxer to testify about safety and SRTS<br />Ranking Member Inhofe (R-OK) is not supportive but understands there is broad support in the Senate<br />
    28. 28. Current Status - House<br />House T&I Committee’s STAA draft<br />Chairman Oberstar (D-MN) is the creator of Safe Routes to School<br />Includes recommendations to improve project delivery and reduce overhead<br />Strengthens data collection and evaluation<br />Charges a new FHWA Office of Livability with administering SRTS<br />Makes a number of technical changes to strengthen the program<br />H.R. 4021 – Safe Routes to High Schools<br />Oberstar is not supportive of expanding to high schoolsat this time; this standalone legislation is meant to build support <br />Introduced by Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Bono Mack (R-CA) with 8 other cosponsors<br />Now have 44 total cosponsors<br />
    29. 29. What’s likely? (If a transportation bill moves forward…)<br />An increase in funding—but not likely as ambitious as we hope<br />Language that reduces overhead and simplifies project delivery<br />Stronger language on research and evaluation<br />Language requiring state DOTs to track income and geographic distribution of their SRTS grants<br />Potential for expansion to high schoolsdepends on overall funding level<br />
    30. 30. Building Support and Addressing Concerns<br />In summer 2010, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor included SRTS in his “YouCut” initiative<br />SRTS was not selected either time by the voters<br />Advocates placed over 1500 calls and emails to Members of Congress in support of SRTS in 36 hours<br />SRTSNP has met with a number of House Republicans since then to shore up support<br />The program does have bipartisan support<br />Twenty state networks are holding educational Member site visits during October 2010, with a focus particularly on Republican Members of Congress<br />
    31. 31. Fair Share for Safety<br />Fair Share for Safety<br />13% fatalities = 13% of funding<br />Explicit bicycle and pedestrian <br />safety goals<br />
    32. 32. Safety Goals<br />A [___] percent reduction..of highway fatalities ... <br /> <br /> A [__] percent reduction.. of serious injuries... <br /><ul><li> Drivers
    33. 33. Passengers
    34. 34. Motorcyclists
    35. 35. Pedestrians
    36. 36. Bicyclists/pedalcyclists
    37. 37. Drivers
    38. 38. Passengers
    39. 39. Motorcyclists
    40. 40. Pedestrians
    41. 41. Bicyclists/pedalcyclists</li></ul>A [__] percent reduction … in the annual number of crashes<br />
    42. 42. Safety: STAA<br /> NHTSA section 402<br /> Changes of goals to include specific modes<br />HSIP (Highway Safety Improvement Program) <br /> Better planning requirements<br /> More teeth related to performance goals<br />No specific bike/ped mention in the goals<br />
    43. 43. Safety- Next Steps<br /> Marker bill?<br /> National Transportation Objectives Act<br /> Reduction of Crashes as safety goal <br /> Performance measures<br />
    44. 44. Livability- Promoting Biking and Walking<br /> Consolidation of Bike/Ped projects<br /> Improved data and research<br /> Education and Encouragement<br />
    45. 45. Livability - STAA<br /> Office of Livability<br /> Federal Highway Administration <br />Home for all bike/ped programs, including US Bike Route System<br /> Clearinghouse for best practices, better research and data<br /> Requires Mode Share Goal to be set<br />Role of Office is to Promote and Encourage. Unclear actual influence, staff or funding<br />
    46. 46. Livability<br /> Administration<br />DOT/ HUD/EPA partnership<br /> Performance Measure under Obama Proposal<br /> DOT strategic plan<br /> Discretionary funding – TIGER, FTA, etc.<br /> Funding From Congress<br />FY 2011- House – Office of Livability<br />FY 2011- Senate – Funding for Livability Grants<br /> Livable Communities Act <br />
    47. 47. Next Steps<br /> November- December 2010<br />Elections<br />Lame Duck Session<br /> Extension expires December 31, 2010<br /> Shorter bill<br /> Extension<br /> Debt Commission Report<br /> January –August 2011<br /> 2013?<br />
    48. 48. Questions<br />Walter Finch<br />League of American Bicyclists<br />walter@bikeleague.org<br />Kevin Mills<br />Rails-to-Trails Conservancy<br />kevin@railstotrails.org<br />Margo Pedroso<br />Safe Routes to School National Partnership<br />Margo@saferoutespartnership.org<br />Caron Whitaker<br />America Bikes<br />caron@americabikes.org<br />
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