President Trump’s budget is out and infrastructure is on the chopping block … including options like safe places to walk and bike. The president’s budget proposal is just that: a proposal.
Write your member of Congress today! Tell them to say “no” to cutting funding for trails, walking and biking.
The White House’s “skinny budget,” released yesterday, would cut $2.4 billion from the Department of Transportation. These proposed cuts come at a time when the president has promised a $1 trillion investment in America’s infrastructure-and could limit opportunities to build trails, sidewalks and protected bike lanes.
The president’s budget proposal specifically recommends cutting TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants, which provide funding to empower communities to coordinate roads, rails, trails and more. Working together, this infrastructure creates a balanced transportation system. Communities like Missoula, Montana, and Cleveland, Ohio, have received TIGER grants to build trails, sidewalks, protected bike lanes and other projects that give people safe ways to get around.
There is never enough of this funding to meet demand, but it has been transformative where given. Cutting this invaluable program would be misguided.
Not only are trails safer ways to get around, they offer a huge return on investment in terms of providing more options for mobility, keeping families healthy and boosting local economies.
At a time when pedestrian and bicycle fatalities are rising, the president’s budget cuts to transportation would prevent communities from investing in safe places like trails, sidewalks, protected bike lanes and more.
Thanks for your support.
Executive Director, American Trails