Earlier this week, Safe Routes to School, a non-profit that promotes walking and cycling, received the results of a 2009 National Household Travel Survey regarding modes of transportation in the Souther California Association of Governments (SCAG) Region. [This includes Imperial, Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, Ventura and San Diego Counties.] They were pleasantly surprised that since 2001, trips made on foot and by bike increased from 12 percent to 19 percent; however, these modes are still receiving less than 1 percent of transportation funding in the SCAG region.
With counties in the region like Los Angeles, where 25 percent of all trips are currently made by walking and bicycling, it is critical that we include strategies to increase the proportion of funds allocated to active transportation so that over time, such funding reflects the proportion of trips made by walking and biking.
SRTS has created a sign on letter that outlines key ways the 2012 RTP and SCAG can do just that, which we will be submitting for public comment next Thursday 10/6.
Please consider signing this letter in support. Organizations, as well as individuals from the SCAG Region and throughout the State of California are encouraged to sign on. Here’s how:
Please let us know by 3pm Tuesday October 4th if you would like to have your name included on the letter by either by emailing [email protected] (include Name, Organization, and if signing as an individual, include the city where you live).
Best wishes to everyone who is busy planning and preparing for Walk to School day next Wednesday October 5th. Close to 400 events have been registered in California, including Culver City’s Linwood E. Howe Elementary School.