"Budget cuts on this scale would be a major setback to bicycling in Vancouver."
-- BTA Advocacy Manager Gerik Kransky
As reported yesterday, the City of Vancouver has put its Bike Program on the chopping block. In response, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is mobilizing its forces in Southwest Washington in an effort to save it.
In an action alert sent out via email and posted on their blog last night, the BTA says their plan is to encourage Vancouver City Council to dedicate $200,000 of what the draft Transportation Improvement Program labels as "presently uncommitted revenue" to the Bike Program.
That $200,000 is called out on page 28 of the TIP document under a chart that shows the five transportation programs (which includes the bike program) that are not slated for funding beyond 2010. Here's the full excerpt: (more...)