Take Action on SRTS Senate Bill

Ask Your Senator to Co-Sponsor the
Safe Routes to School Reauthorization Bill

May 27, 2009

On May 21, 2009, Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Richard Burr (R-NC) , Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Susan Collins (R-ME) joined together to introduce the Safe Routes to School Program Reauthorization Act (S. 1156).

This is an exciting and important step forward as these five diverse Senators have agreed to champion the federal Safe Routes to School program. To get more Senators to step up as leaders on Safe Routes to School, we need your help. Your Senators need to hear from you about the importance of growing and strengthening the Safe Routes to School program in the next transportation bill.

Please take just five minutes to contact your two Senators to ask them to show their support for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program by co-sponsoring the legislation. To do so, follow this link: http://capwiz.com/lab/issues/bills/?bill=13424286.

Then simply type in your zip code to be directed to the appropriate message—either a thank you if your Senator(s) is already a cosponsor or a “please co-sponsor” message if they are not. A sample message is provided, but we encourage you to personalize it with a sentence or two about your local SRTS needs and interests.

Thank you so much for your assistance – with your help we will hopefully get many more Senators to become champions for Safe Routes to School!

Background on the Legislation

S. 1156 would expand funding for SRTS to $600 million per year, include high schools, simplify regulatory compliance to improve project delivery, and strengthen research and evaluation. All of these changes will make SRTS grants more widely available, and help more schools and communities across the country make it safer for children to walk and bicycle to school and get into healthier, greener habits.

For more details on the legislation, including a summary of the bill’s provisions, a list of supporting organizations, and the text of the legislation, please visit http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/national.