In early March, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer introduced the "Active Community Transportation Act of 2010." The bill, a direct result of our work at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy through our Campaign for Active Transportation, would create a $2 billion program (still less than one percent of overall federal transportation spending) to which communities could apply for targeted funds to make significant progress on their active transportation networks. The ultimate goal is to shift substantial percentages of trips from driving to walking and bicycling.
This is a really exciting initiative -- one of the most forward-thinking pieces of transportation legislation I've seen. I encourage everyone to support the bill by encouraging their representative to co-sponsor the legislation, at http://support.railstotrails.org/ACT.
The opportunity this bill presents to biking in communities all over is really impressive. Please let me know if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!