Groundswell of support for more ATP funding – now what?

all logosLast month we asked you to sign on in support of a stronger and better resourced Active Transportation Program.  In a matter of only two weeks, 120 organizations and nearly 700 individual California residents responded with resounding support! A big THANK YOU to everyone that added your name or your organization’s name to the list.

Strengthening the ATP this year would be transformative at a key time in California’s history – both for the health of Californians and livability of communities across the state, as well as for addressing climate change in the transportation sector. We believe this includes three key strategies:

1. Increase funding to the ATP by $100 million

2. Expand the ATP’s capacity to improve access to green space and integrate green infrastructure such as trees, planters, and permeable paving as critical components of walking and bicycling projects

3. Tighten up the program requirements for projects to provide meaningful benefits to disadvantaged communities (DACs), and ensure that the minimum funding level for DACs is truly being met.

Read the full text of the sign on letter, including the full list of organizations and individuals in support.

The Legislative Budget Committees will begin to discuss transportation funding tomorrow in the Senate Budget Subcommittee #2 hearing, and will continue the conversation throughout April. There will be several decision points before the Governor adopts the final budget in June, including the Governor’s May Revised Budget.

We will continue to recruit support for a stronger ATP during the next month of budget talks, and you can help in several key ways:

  • Ask your colleagues, friends, and family to join you in signing on!  We will keep the link live for a few more weeks as we continue to build support.
  • Join the 120 organizations (see the impressive list below) that support a stronger ATP as an organizational signer, and encourage your partner organizations to sign too!
  •  Ask your local elected officials to consider support on behalf of your city or county

And in case you still need convincing of why California communities need a stronger and more effective ATP, here are just a few things our local partners are saying about it:

officialSFBClogo_horiz_color_url copy_webIn San Francisco, we have ambitious goals to make our streets safe for all road users. We also want to improve congestion, reduce our impact on the environment, and re-invigorate our neighborhoods by encouraging people to walk or bike as transportation. We’ve made progress, but there’s lots of work left to do. Without additional funding from the state, many of our safety projects will be slowed down, putting people’s lives at risk. If the state wants cities to meet the environmental and safety goals they have encouraged us to set, they need to provide the funding to make it possible.  — Tyler Frisbee, Policy Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

WALKSacramento logoAn urgent need is in Sacramento’s more rural and low-income areas for safe walkable communities and roadways. Meeting this need with both education and upgrading streets could improve the health, safety and economy of the individual families and region overall. Through ATP funding Yuba County Ella Elementary school children will no longer be forced to walk to school in ditches or in the main roadway.  The plan includes sidewalks, curbs, bicycle lanes, gutters and storm drains, providing a safe route to school for over 120 children. — Emily Alice Gerhart, Project Coordinator Walk Sacramento

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This program is making inspiring projects possible all across Los Angeles County, from safe routes to school in L.A.’s densest neighborhoods to bicycle and pedestrian plans in communities that have never had them. Increasing funding for walking and biking not only encourages more people to walk or bike, but it also makes it safer for many residents that don’t have a choice. — Tamika Butler, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Here’s the full list of organizational supporters:

A World Fit For Kids!
AARP
Active4me
Alliance for a Healthy Orange County
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American Heart Association
American Lung Association in California
Amigos de los Rios
Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance
Ballona Creek Renaissance
Bike East Bay
Bike San Gabriel Valley
C.I.C.L.E.
California Bicycle Coalition
California Center for Public Health Advocacy
California Convergence
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
California Park and Recreation Society
California Public Health Association-North
California ReLeaf
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)
California Student Sustainability Coalition
California Walks
Center for Climate Protection
Central CA Regional Obesity Prevention Program
ChangeLab Solutions
Chico Velo Cycling Club
Circulate San Diego
City of Highland
City of Redlands
City of Santa Monica
City of South El Monte
Climate Resolve
Coalition for Clean Air
Community Arts Resources
Community Health Councils
Community Mobility Work Team
Cowgirl Bike Courier
Crenshaw Walks
Davis Bike Park Alliance
Distracted Driving Awareness & Complete Streets
Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association
Durant Avenue Task Force
Ecology Action
Environmental Council of Sacramento
Environmental Justice Program – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Stockton
Fresno Cycling Club
Friends of Caltrain
Friends of El Dorado Trail
Ghost Bike Foundation
Go Bike USA
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Green Youth Alliance
Greenbelt Alliance
Health Education Council
Housing California
Inland Empire Biking Alliance
Investing in Place
Kids Campus Youth Center
LA2050
LAE Associates, Inc.
Larkspur Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Group
Lassen Land and Trails Trust
Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability
Local Government Commission
local motion
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams (LAOUT)
Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation
Los Angeles Walks
Marin County Bicycle Coalition
Merced Bicycle Coalition
Mission: Readiness
Move LA
Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition
National Health Foundation
Natural Resources Defense Council
NeighborWorks Orange County
North Natomas TMA
Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition
Pathways to Right-of-Ways
Peninsula Family YMCA
People Power
POGO PARK
PolicyLink
Prevention Institute
Public Health Institute
RAD
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Red Bike Medicine
Redwood Community Action Agency
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention
Ron Milam Consulting
Ryan Snyder Associates
Safe Routes to School National Partnership
San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition
Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
SF Bay Walks
Sierra Club California
Sierra Nevada Alliance
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
Sunday Streets/Livable City
T.R.U.S.T. South LA
Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway
The Coalition for Sustainable Transportation
The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health
The mob shop
The Trust for Public Land
Town of Danville
Trails for Richmond Action Committee
TransForm
TRIPwise, Transportation Solutions for CSU Monterey Bay
VALLEY LEAP
Walk&Roll Berkeley
Walk ‘n Rollers
Walk Oakland Bike Oakland
Walk San Francisco
WALKSacramento
Wheelies

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