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LD 16 Trail Bond - Can You Help?

bcmlogoOur good friends at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine have allowed us to publish the contents of an email alert they sent out on June 24 to generate support for LD 16. Please read their information below and please help where you can!

Additional information on LD16 and resources to help you express your support is on the Bicycle Coalition's website.

The information below was sent by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine:

Subject: We're counting on you to call your legislators in support of a Transportation Bond that includes dedicated funding for biking and walking projects

Hello friends of better biking in Maine:

BACKGROUND:  The Appropriations Committee is looking at 30 bonds to issue.  6 or 7 of them focus on transportation.  LD 16 asks for $100 m for transportation infrastructure including $5 m for bike/ped projects.  One other proposed bond specifies funding for bike/ped, but only $1.5 million.  None of the others mention bike/ped.  All the transportation bonds will most likely be combined into one bond.  We want 5% of the total amount to be dedicated for bike/ped projects.

WHY do we need a bond to fund this?

Last spring (2012), when the MDOT opened the biennial Quality Communities Program (QCP), which funnels federal funding for biking or walking projects to Maine towns, 92 communities applied for funding, for projects adding up to $45 million.

In June 2012, Congress finally passed the federal transportation re-authorization. This law cut dedicated funding for walking and biking projects in Maine by 47 %.  The result is that the MDOT has only $6.6 million in 2013-14 to fund the QCP projects.

Because of a huge backlog that already existed, all of the funding for the 2012 Quality Community Program will be used for construction of previously approved projects that have completed preliminary design.  That means that NONE of the 92 towns that submitted applications will be funded this cycle

Clearly, we need another source of funds to support this demand and this is why dedicated funding for walking and biking projects is essential.

WHO to call/Contact Info:

1.  Call your legislator***  Ask them to ask members of the Appropriations Committee that dedicated funding for bike/ped projects be included in the transportation bond.

2.  If your legislator is on the Appropriations Committee, it's even more important to call them--they have extra power in the bond decisions.  If your legislators aren't on the committee, but you like making these calls, please call the chairs of the committee (Dawn Hill, York; Peggy Rotundo, Lewiston).

Feel free to share this extra information with your friends.  Again, the more calls, the more likely the final version of the bond will specify dedicated funding for bike/ped.

Please let me know if you have questions.  Thanks so much for your help with this.

Nancy - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

***You can find out your legislator and their contact info here

  • enter your town, street number and street name.  Click the "Submit" button.
  • At the next screen, click the "Elected Officials" tab and scroll down to "Maine Senate" and Maine House of Representatives".

When contacting your legislator:

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