2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORT OF PROMOTING TRANSPORTATION CHOICES IN THE TEA-21 REAUTHORIZATION BILL

†††† WHEREAS, metropolitan regions throughout the United States are experiencing increased highway and road congestion and air quality problems; and

†††† WHEREAS, obesity is now recognized as a leading public health threat in the United States; and

†††† WHEREAS, encouraging Americans to use non-motorized transportation choices, such as bicycling and walking, for more of their daily trips, would reduce congestion, air quality problems, energy consumption, and obesity, and improve community livability; and

†††† WHEREAS, ISTEA and TEA-21 greatly expanded our nationís investments in bicycle and pedestrian projects from less than $2 million per year by all 50 states combined in the 20 years prior to ISTEA to an average of more than $200 million during TEA-21; and

†††† WHEREAS, more than $2 billion of ISTEA and TEA-21 funds have been invested in bicycling and walking since 1991; and

†††† WHEREAS, safe routes for bicycling, walking and other non-motorized transportation choices are still inadequate in many urban areas; and

†††† WHEREAS, Congress is considering funding increases for Transportation Enhancements and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality programs, which provide the vast majority of funds for bicycling and pedestrian projects; and

†††† WHEREAS, a recent study found that while 70 percent of parents walked or biked to school, only 18 percent of children today walk or bike to school; and

†††† WHEREAS, Congress is considering formally establishing a Safe Routes to School Program in the reauthorization of TEA-21,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges Congress to increase funding for Transportation Enhancements and other programs that encourage non-motorized transportation alternatives; and

†††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges Congress to establish a Safe Routes to School Program in the reauthorization of TEA-21.