We are celebrating an important victory today!
This afternoon, in the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee, legislators voted unanimously in support of amendments that add bicycle and pedestrian projects to the eligible list to receive funds in the Connect Oregon program.
After months of conversations with partners, stakeholders, and lawmakers and tons of public input from grassroots supporters and community leaders we are thrilled to see this program move one step closer to expanding to include biking and walking.
We are grateful for the unanimous support of Committee members and look forward to continuing this important conversation as the bill now moves to Ways and Means.
One important note, this amendment does not dedicate any specific dollar amount to biking and walking. The amendment does open up the door to funds that we hope to grow to $100 million. The BTA will continue to work to ensure that the 2013 Oregon Legislature does commit dedicated funding to bicycle projects to help meet this growing community need.
Our work is certainly not done, but for now we can thank members of the committee (their email addresses are here) and celebrate a victory on the path to improving conditions for biking and walking!