Please take a moment to contact your representatives to ask them to support this important funding idea for walking and bicycling.
While there is great local momentum for increasing walking and biking in Greater Kansas City, funding infrastructure improvements is a challenge in these times of tight budgets at local City Halls. A new bill in Congress would create an innovative low-cost financing program to help local communities pay for trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, bike share stations, and more.
Kansas City is in a unique position with several members of our Congressional delegation sitting on the Senate and House transportation committees – Roy Blunt, Claire McCaskill, and Sam Graves. And we just received word that Congressman Emanuel Cleaver has signed on to co-sponsor this bi-partisan legislation.
Northland and Eastern Jackson County – Congressman Sam Graves has a key vote on this bill. If you live in his district, we especially need you to send a message!
About the bill
H.R. 3978 creates a low-cost loan fund that Mayors and City Councils can tap to finance bike/ped projects. 25% of the fund are dedicated to lower income communities. The bill sets aside just $11 million from a $1 billion transportation fund – it does not raises taxes or add any costs to the federal government.
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