This week, the White House and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx put forward the GROW AMERICA Act, a bill which would increase funding for transportation infrastructure in the United States. GROW AMERICA includes provisions that could support the development of active transportation networks; that is, infrastructure for human-powered modes of transportation such as walking and biking.
The Act promotes the use of transportation infrastructure as “Ladders of Opportunity” to ensure that every individual in our country has an opportunity to work and to succeed. Key parts of that vision include enhancing active transportation networks by building more trails, sidewalks and bike lanes and increasing pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Some highlights of the Act are as follows:
The Act also retains funding for the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP), which includes the Recreational Trails Program, a vital funding source for recreational trails and related facilities around the country.
RTC will work to support and improve provisions that will enhance trails and active transportation networks, and make it safer to walk and bike. We must ensure that the federal government provides increased support for years to come, and implements these program in a way that will make the most of the resources and opportunities available.
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Patrick Wojahn recently joined RTC as the director of government relations. He focuses on national, state and local policy efforts
to build broad support for trails across America.
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