Blumenauer: Don’t Let American Streets Remain Unsafe Routes to School

Right now the House is debating the GOP leadership’s oil drilling-with-a-side-of-highways bill, which may or may not survive the House floor.

Oregon's Earl Blumenauer has a knack for getting straight to the point. This was the image he used to illustrate his impassioned defense of the Safe Routes to School program this morning.

A lot of folks are upset about this proposal, which would eliminate dedicated federal funding for transit, biking, and walking, open up some of the country’s environmental treasures to oil drilling and delay infrastructure insolvency for all of two years.

Leave it to Oregon’s Earl Blumenauer to really let ’em have it. The Hill reports that Blumenauer delivered an impassioned speech late this morning, accompanied by this sign that really hits home.

Some highlights below:

This is a wildly popular program, costing a fraction of a percent of the transportation budget, and it’s had a huge impact nationally on our children because it deals with real consequences for them.

Doesn’t it make sense to do something about the congestion, the injury, the death and the obesity?

So why are my Republican friends advancing a transportation bill attacking Safe Routes to School, stripping it out, making it an unsafe route to school? Well, it’s a fitting metaphor for perhaps the worst transportation bill in history.

Well said, sir.

  • fj

    Safe environmental & personal transportation must prevail on all public space #askmike @NYCMayorsOffice

  • Eric McClure

    The Republican Party, so intent on delivering us back to the 19th Century, know all those kids will be better off in factories and coal mines than plying routes to school made more dangerous by their hatred of transit and bikes and love of fossil fuels.

  • Anonymous

    I generally object to political maneuvering using the “won’t somebody think about the children?!” argument, but  “un-safe route to school” could appeal to many people normally opposed to spending on public transportation and safe pedestrian and cycling routes.

    It seems there’s no end to money to spend on expensive “security” systems but so little to spend to mitigate real risks every day.

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