Monday, January 4, 2010

Section 402

Insert League Plug Here>>> Given that transportation represents 33% of all carbon emissions in the US, you would think that the government would be interested in making carbon neutral transportation, such as bike commuting, a safer option. Unfortunately, this is not the case and bike safety programs receive only a small fraction of federal funds. In 2008 only 2.67% of the State and Community Highway Safety Grant funds (Section 402) went towards bike and pedestrian safety, while cyclists and pedestrians represented 14% of all traffic fatalities in the same year. In order to harness federal funds for bike safety, bike advocates must become more assertive in pursuing grants such as Section 402. More information on Section 402 and other federal funding programs can be found on the League website.

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