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The Chicago region’s current hub-and-spoke transit system leaves nearly half a million Cook County residents stranded in transit deserts.

Action alert: Tell Sen. Kirk and Sen. Durbin to preserve funding for walking and biking!

We need your help to save funding for walking and biking!

/This year, around $700 million of federal transportation funds (in reality less than 2 percent of total transportation dollars) will be spent on bicycling and walking. In 2012 that figure might be a big fat zero if Sen. Coburn (R-OK) gets his way.

In the next few days, Coburn will ask Congress to eliminate the federal Transportation Enhancements program – the primary funding source for the past 20 years for sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, trails and more. This isn’t safe or smart; it’s not good for the economy or the environment; this is bad health policy and bad transportation policy.

But Coburn and his crew are going to try because they don’t think bicycling and walking matter.

Even though bicycling and walking projects create more jobs per dollar than highways, these members of Congress want to force us backwards to a 1950s highway-only mindset. It's as if oil embargoes, congestion, smog, the obesity epidemic and climate change never happened.

Please contact your senators now and urge them to support continued funding for biking and walking. Your voice counts!