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Advocacy TAP Funding TAP Comments: It's a Waiting Game

TAP Comments: It's a Waiting Game

texas capitolMany of you responded to our call for comments to TxDOT regarding the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds that are intended for bicycling and walking projects. TxDOT's proposed rules for TAP would have allowed them to transfer funds away from bike/ped projects and use them for other purposes. BikeTexas members took up the call and sent many amazing stories to TxDOT asking them to keep TAP funds for TAP purposes.

Now, we wait. This sort of public process takes a long time, and we don't expect to hear the outcome any time soon.

Read what some of your fellow Texans shared with TxDOT:

 

Michael in Austin: "I have worked professionally in economic development in Texas throughput my professional life. I am also a cyclist who has commuted to work on my bike, ridden recreationally and enjoyed seeing the resurgence of cycling, hike and bike trails, riverside restorations and other outdoor recreation activities that enhance the quality of life in both urban and rural Texas. TAP funding is important to me because it is a vital funding source for Safe Rides to School and local projects that expand bike and pedestrian alternatives to driving. These are very helpful in supporting a more active lifestyle for our youth and family recreation."
 
Robert in Heath: "TAP funding is important to me as I ride the bike about 4 or 5 times a week, mainly for exercise, but also for running errands when possible. I participate in many groups rides with the Greater Dallas Bicyclist Club. I am concerned about riding alone as it very dangerous. If I want to run an errand in town, there are no safe bike routes and I have to ride on the road. A cyclist on a road with cars can often lead to angry drivers passing too closely and too fast. I have lived in Texas for over 61 years (all my life) and feel that TxDOT should be doing all it can to create safer biking in our state."
 
Paul in Dallas: "The plan to use funds (meager in terms of road/highway work) from the already passed bill for funding bike/hike/roller­blade trails that are protected from motor vehicles is extremely short­sighted, and frankly ridiculous. I strongly urge that the plan to use those funds for other purposes be abandoned immediately."
 
Rosalie in RGV: "Too many cyclists have died, please retain all funds appropriated for bike lanes and paths and safe sidewalks and walking paths for these projects."


You can read BikeTexas' full TAP comments to TxDOT here. Thank you for participating in this process and making Texas a great place to bike and walk!

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