Lovely Ladies who want to see more space for our joyous adventures atop two wheels: turns out we’re not alone.
In fact, we’re in the 83% majority of Americans from a Princeton-conducted survey who support federal funding for active transportation, with 47% reporting a desire for INCREASED financial allocations. Fabulous!
With more of the public on our side of the issue, we’re in a better position to change the debate locally and in Washington.
More on the study from pegasusnews.com, the highlights are my own:
Getting Democrats and Republicans to find political harmony on any issue is no easy task, but according to a recent poll, there’s one thing almost everyone can agree on: bikes.
The national Princeton-conducted survey, commissioned by the advocacy group America Bikes, found that 80 percent of Republicans and 88 percent of Democrats, as well as 83 percent of all respondents, supported maintaining or increasing federal funding for bike paths, bike lanes and sidewalks.
“What I found most significant from the survey was that 12 percent of all trips [Americans take] are either biking or walking, but only 2 percent of the Congress budget for transportation goes to bicyclists and pedestrians,” said music composition senior Christopher Walker, who writes for the bicycle advocacy group Bike Denton.
In July, the U.S. Congress passed a transportation bill that cut federal funding for bike and pedestrian paths by about 30 percent, according to America Bikes. How the funds are used is left mostly in the hands of local and statewide policymakers.
After federal cuts and alterations to Lady-happiness-increasing bike and pedestrian funding, more power has been handed over to states. Translation: local elections are molto molto importante, Ladies (and Lady-lovers)!
So get out and vote in November!
And till then: keep riding, Ladies!