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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Trail funding in danger

    Taken from the OMBA website, which was taken from the Florida Bicycle Association's website.

    Be sure to click on the link below to send a message to Sen. Martinez
    This is important to do - As you probably already know, Florida lost 2 of it's best trails this year; the TOE and Razorback. While those trails were on private property, and wouldn't be affected by this legislation, Santos could be affected because it's on state owned land. Take the time to send in your message (it's easy), and help preserve Florida trails!

    October 14, 2007



    On September 11, 2007, Florida U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (R) voted to
    eliminate all federal spending on trails and other walking and biking

    Tell Sen. Martinez that Florida needs more opportunities for walking and
    biking, not less.

    Sen. Martinezís vote was in support of an extreme amendment proposed by
    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that blamed bicycle and pedestrian funding for
    the August Minneapolis bridge collapse. This claim was made despite the
    fact that, since 2006, states have returned more than $2 billion in
    unspent bridge project funding to Congress. Coburnís amendment was
    defeated 80-18.

    This misguided scapegoating attempt cannot go unchallenged.
    Please explain to Sen. Martinez why cutting trail, walking and biking
    funds would be a huge blow to Florida.

    Bicycle facilities and trails have strong transportation value, produce
    zero emissions, support healthy lifestyles and provide economic
    development opportunities. We need more, not less, funding for bicycle
    facilities and trails. Federal funding has helped to create numerous
    miles of highly used bike lanes and trails: the Fred Marquis Pinellas
    Trail and Cady Way Trail; regional connectors such as the Withlacoochee
    State Trail and the Suncoast Parkway Trail; and the soon to be
    constructed 50-plus mile East Central Regional Rail Trail and 49-mile
    Palatka to Lake Butler Rail Trail.

    After you have taken action, please be sure to ask other Floridians to
    act as well. By multiplying our voice, we can convince Sen. Martinez to
    do the right thing in the future.

    Floridians deserve better transportation choices. Please act now by
    visiting the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy <A HREF=" isplay&page=UserAction&id=125">What Can You Do?</A> page

    Thank you.

    Laura Hallam, Executive Director, Florida Bicycle Association
    Ken Bryan, Florida Director, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

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    I made my entry.
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