"Active Communities" Bill Encourages Biking & Walking Infrastructure

Here is a bill to watch.  As described in the Dec 16th issue of the American Planning Association's "APA Advocate":

"Active Communities" Bill Encourages Biking and Walking BILL PROVIDES GRANTS TO COMMUNITIES

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has drafted language for legislation establishing an Active Transportation Investment Program. The program would award $2 billion in competitive, discretionary grants to communities to "encourage a mode shift to active transportation within selected communities by providing safe and convenient options to bicycle and walk for routine travel." The program would be administered by the Department of Transportation.

The program is intended to provide concentrated funding for communities to create active transportation networks that provide safe and convenient access for pedestrians and bicyclists. Local governments and regional organizations are eligible to receive funding. Grant recipients will be selected based on walking and bicycling infrastructure plans. Grants can be used to create, restore, or upgrade active transportation infrastructure. Communities must have strategic goals in place to facilitate active transportation between neighborhoods and popular work, school, and other destinations within the community. The bill is expected to be formally introduced when Congress returns from the end-of-the-year recess.