Update from April 1:
BikeTexas supporter Justin McMurtry stayed up all night to bring us this report:
“At 3:20am, the House at last takes up consideration of Rep. Hughes’s amendment to prohibit state funds from being spent to convert any existing general-use traffic lane into a bike, bus, or other special-purpose lane.
Hughes offers to modify his amendment to make it ‘less objectionable’, but before he can explain, another member [Rep. Eddie Rodriguez] raises a point of order against it—presumably based on the House rule that disallows budgetary acts that would change existing general law.
At 3:23am, the point of order and the amendment are both temporarily withdrawn.”
Contact your rep now and ask him or her to oppose Rep. Hughes’ amendment to Article 7.
Rep. Bryan Hughes is proposing an amendment today that could hobble Texas? ability to provide safe roads for bicycling for decades to come. The amendment would prevent any state or federal funds from being used to reduce excess motor vehicle lanes for use as bicycle lanes or bus lanes. If passed, no state or federal funds, even those given to local areas as grants, could ever be used in this manner.
Please contact your Texas House Representative RIGHT NOW by phone and/or email. Ask that he or she vote NO. Also, ask him or her to speak out against Rep. Hughes’ amendment to Article 7. (Don’t know who your rep is? Find out here.) You can use any or all of the talking points below:
Be sure to include your name, address, and occupation. Thank you for making Texas a great place to bike and walk!
Edited to add the amendment language:
Floor Amendment No. _____________ By: ____________________
1 Amend C.S.H.B No. 1 (house committee report) by adding the
2 following appropriately numbered rider in Article VII after the
3 appropriations to the Texas Department of Transportation:
4 ____. Conversion of Vehicle Lane. The Texas Department of
5 Transportation may not use any money appropriated by this Act:
6 (1) for the conversion of an existing vehicle lane to a
7 bus lane, bike lane, or other special purpose lane; or
8 (2) to issue a grant to a political subdivision of this
9 state for the purpose described by Subdivision (1) of this rider.