What could the Eugene-Springfield, Oregon Metro Area achieve with a $50 million federal investment in bicycling and walking? This project page presents the regional effort that has been made to develop a case that answers this question as regional transportation, parks, recreation, and health agencies and organizations contribute to and build upon Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation (CAT). The CAT imitative aims to coordinate with local communities to double
federal funding for walking, biking, and trails in the next federal
The Eugene-Springfield Metro Area’s contribution to the Campaign builds on the success of existing federal programs like Transportation Enhancements and the rapid growth in newer programs such as Safe Routes to School and the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program. Together with a distinguished existing local bike/pedestrian infrastructure and broad supporting programs; this community is well-positioned to attract $50 million over six years to support strategic investments in active transportation infrastructure. The strategy emphasizes the need to develop a case that focuses on how this investment will enhance mobility or mitigate congestion in a cost efficient manner by shifting automobile trips to biking and walking.
The Eugene-Springfield Metro Area is collecting letters of support for our regional CAT. Any agency, organization, or individual is encouraged to participate. We will be sharing these support letters with our local and State representatives.