Hi Trails Supporter—
Trails, biking and walking are important for Pennsylvanians. In fact, 12 percent of all trips in America are by bike or by foot.
So why are legislators targeting these wise investments in the state budget?
Take action now: Tell your state legislators and the governor to stop cuts to trails, walking and biking!
The Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering slashing several sources of funding for trails, walking and biking in an effort to balance the state budget.
But the thing is, these wise investments make up only a tiny portion of the state budget—less than one-tenth of one percent—but have a tremendous positive impact on communities across the state. They provide safe ways for people to get around, create healthy communities and bring in vital tourism revenue.
Tell your state legislators to preserve funding for trails, walking and biking.
In 2013, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy worked closely with a broad-based coalition of transportation advocates—including highway construction groups, farm organizations, chambers of commerce and more—to establish the Multimodal Transportation Fund, which supports biking and walking, as well as passenger rail, ports, aviation and other transportation needs in the Keystone State.
Members of the General Assembly have proposed diverting funds from the Multimodal Transportation Fund and also from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) to balance the state’s budget. This would mean fewer communities could build sidewalks, crosswalks and recreational trails.
Say no to cuts for trails. Write your elected officials today!
These diversions would compromise safety, congestion relief and quality of life for all Pennsylvanians, and undermine a landmark legislative achievement that addressed the needs of a comprehensive range of transportation users in Pennsylvania.
Write your state legislators and Governor Wolf today and tell them to say no to special fund transfers that will defund trails, walking and biking in the Keystone State.
Thanks for your support.
Director, Northeast Regional Office