New transportation bill is a win for bikes

December 03, 2015

Katy Hartnett, director of government relations

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the FAST Act into law. The FAST Act reauthorizes the principal program that enables cities to plan and build bike projects and is a great victory for the bicycle industry.

The FAST Act provides long-term funding certainty for bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects between $835 and $850 million in each of the next five years.

Most of this funding lives in the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). During the process of reauthorization three amendments were proposed that would have cut this and other funding sources for bicycle projects. These amendments never made it to the floor, thanks in part to the response from PeopleForBikes supporters who sent thousands of letters to their members of Congress.

Across the country a growing number of Americans are biking to work, to run errands and for other short trips. This new transportation bill will help communities meet this growing demand and capitalize on bicycling as part of a 21st century transportation network.

"Cities big and small, from coast to coast, recognize the economic benefits of adding bike infrastructure," said PeopleForBikes President Tim Blumenthal. "We thank Congress for approving a multi-year transportation bill that will support thousands of these cost-effective bike projects to improve mobility, attract and retain businesses, and boost recreation and tourism."

Thank you to everyone who weighed in and sent letters to Congress in support of bicycling as part of our transportation program. 

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