National Bike Summit: Bill FAQs
Background on the bills we'll be supporting at the 2014 National Bike Summit
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - National Bike Summit: Bill FAQs
Bicycle and Pedestrian
What is it?
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act requires the U.S. Department of
Transportation set a specific performance measure for non-motorized safety,
as well as for motorized safety. Once USDOT sets the measure, states will set
their own safety targets for motorized and non-motorized safety.
Over the past several years, states have had safety performance targets, and
during that time overall fatalities on our roads have gone down. However,
during that time fatalities for bicyclists and pedestrians have been on the rise.
We need a separate performance measure to ensure states focus on reducing
Why should I
» The number of bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities has risen for the past three
years (2010 -2012) while overall traffic deaths have gone down dramatically.
The percentage of fatalities that are bike/ped has risen from 12% to nearly
» MAP-21, the current federal transportation law, requires USDOT and the
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) establish safety performance measures for states to meet, but no performance measure related to the safety of
people who bike and walk is currently being considered by FHWA.
» MAP-21 almost doubled the amount of funding available for the Highway
Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), a program run by state departments
of transportation. Unfortunately, that program has resulted in woefully small
investments in bike/ped safety projects. Only seven states have spent any of
these funds on bike/ped projects, and combined they’ve spent less than 0.5%
of the funds annually.
» A simple safety measure, this bill states clearly that the lives of all roadway
users are important — and creates accountability toward ending needless
deaths. Without it, people who bike and walk will remain in the blindspot of
our transportation system.
HR 3494 and S 1708
Paul Balmer (Rep. Blumenauer): Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirk Bell (Rep. Coble): email@example.com
Liz Cooney (Sen. Merkley): firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Lynch (Sen. Ayotte): email@example.com
New Opportunities for Bicycle
and Pedestrian Infrastructure
What is it?
Why should I
The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act
of 2014 would take steps to advance equity for bicyclists and pedestrians, and offer
mayors and communities a new tool for funding for bike/ped projects in low-income communities. The New Opportunities bill will allow communities to take
advantage of low-cost financing for projects that make streets and sidewalks safer for
all users through a new federal credit assistance program that would direct millions
specifically for low-income communities. Twenty-five percent of the funding must be
spent in low-income communitie. The funding, $11 million, is a set aside from the $1
billion dollar TIFIA loan program funded in MAP-21.
It provides common sense transportation solutions.
» The bill offers a new tool for mayors and local governments to finance needed transportation infrastructure, and doesn’t add any new costs to the transportation bill or federal budget.
It builds better integrated bicycling and multi-modal networks that reduce transportation costs and close gaps in job access for low-income families and individuals.
» Nationally the average family earning less than $50,000 per year spends 30% of its income
» Residents earning less than $30,000 per year accounted for 28% of bike trips in 2009 —
more than 1.1 billion bike trips overall.
It helps commuters.
» Americans are driving less, and want to bike and walk more. Creating safe infrastructure
gives commuters cheap and safe options.
» From 2000-2012, bike commuting rose 61% nationwide, but 80% in Bicycle Friendly
Communities. Where infrastructure is safe and accessible, people bike more.
It meets the need for safety and infrastructure
» There are still disparities in access to safe infrastructure for low-income communities and
people of color across the country.
» Bicycling and walking make up 12% of all trips, but more than 16% of all fatalities.
» Compared to white bicyclists, the fatality rate is 23% higher for Hispanic bicyclists and
30% higher for African American bicyclists.
» 71% of people of color agree that safer bicycling would make their community better.
HR 3978, Senate bill to be introduced
Madeleine Pike (Rep. Sires): Madeleine.Pike@mail.house.gov
Gabriella Boffelli (Rep. Ros-Lehtinen): Gabriella.Boffelli@mail.house.gov
Safe Streets Act
What is it?
Why should I
The Safe Streets Act would ensure that all streets are designed, planned and
built to with all users in mind. While the bills give guidelines and components to what a complete streets policy needs to have, they also give states
flexibility to decide what a complete street looks like in their state.
» This bill will make streets safer for people driving cars, walking, biking and
taking public transit — at little or no extra cost. The bill does not trigger any
new federal spending.
» Safe Streets can save money. Building streets that accommodate everyone
the first time, means government doesn’t have to go back and retrofit streets
and commercial areas later.
» More and more cities and towns want to make walkable, bikeable neigh-
borhoods and downtowns. The Safe Streets Act ensures that all transportation modes are considered in the planning and design stage instead of costly
retrofits in the construction stage.
» Over the last several years bicycling and pedestrian fatalities have increased
in real numbers and as a percentage of overall traffic fatalities. This bill improves safety and quality of life.
HR 2468 and S 2004
Jill Harrelson (Rep. Matsui): Jill.Harrelson@mail.house.gov
John Miceli (Rep. Joyce): firstname.lastname@example.org
Stef Claus (Sen. Begich): email@example.com