The bipartisan Cardin-Cochran amendment, which passed as part of the Senate transportation bill, ensures that local governments, school systems, and metropolitan planning organizations are able to access much-needed funds to make routes to school and routes throughout communities safe for bicycling and walking. Sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike paths are critical to increasing opportunities for Americans (especially kids) to be physically active.
The Cardin-Cochran amendment does the following:
- Protects local control. The amendment ensures that cities and counties have a voice in how states spend transportation dollars for safer streets.
- Fosters competition for safer streets. The Cardin-Cochran amendment opens the “Additional Activities” fund to a grant program for local governments.
- Protects state flexibility. If no local governments apply for funding, funds revert to the state DOTs.
As the Senate and House of Representatives negotate the final federal trasnportation bill, advocates need to speak up in support of protecting the provision. You can get involved and speak up about this issue with your elected officials through: