Safe Routes to School avoids a House vote to cut it – for now

June 21, 2010

In America Walks’ June e-nesletter, we alerted you to the possibility that the federal Safe Routes to School program could be targeted for a House floor vote to cut the program. Rep. Cantor (R-VA) had identified Safe Routes to School as one of five options that the public could vote on cutting through his YouCut initiative. Fortunately, Safe Routes to School will not be subject to a vote this week as one of the other YouCut options, selling off excess federal property, got the most votes. 

On very short notice, advocates across the country sprang into action and contacted their Members of Congress to ask them to vote against any effort to cut Safe Routes to School.  More than 1150 people used the League of American Bicyclists’ advocacy system in a 24-hour period to contact their Members of Congress via email.  We also heard from many others that made phone calls or contacted a Congressional staff person directly that wouldn’t be included in that tally. 
Thank you to all who helped raise awareness about the importance of Safe Routes to School and the wide support it has across the country.