Why do I always seem to get such time-sensitive information at the last minute?
According to the League of American Cyclists, urban cycling is under attack in the Senate. They have a nifty, widgety thing that gives you your senators' names and contact information in order to persuade them to protect the Transportation Enhancement program that fosters commuter cycling. Two amendments, S. Amendment 2370 and S. Amendment 2371, are being offered to eliminate funding.
S. Amendment 2370 prohibits funding for transportation enhancements if the Highway Trust Fund does not contain amounts sufficient to cover unfunded highway authorizations.
S. Amendment 2371 allows states to opt out of the 10% set aside rule that require states to spend at least 10% of their surface transportation funding on transportation enhancements.
The Transportation Enhancement program has provided between one half and three-quarters of all Federal funding invested in bicycling and walking improvements in the last 20 years. More than $250 million is at stake in fiscal year 2010 - if Coburn's amendment is successful it will affect hundreds of trail projects, sidewalks, bicyclist education programs, bike rack on bus programs, and roadway improvements for bicyclists.