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Congress is on the verge of cutting funding for walking and biking despite more than 50,000 deaths last decade

biking walking signWord out of Washington is that the House and Senate are (finally) closing in on a longer-term extension of the federal transportation bill. Such an agreement would be an important step. The bad news is that rumblings also suggest that funding for walking and biking projects (about 1.5 percent of federal transportation funding) will be cut or eliminated as part of the deal.

That news comes on the same day that Transportation for America released on new report on the number of people killed while walking (per U.S. House district). The numbers are shocking: more than 50,000 Americans were killed walking on our roads between 2001 and 2010. That is completely unacceptable and we can—and must—do better. And it needs to start with Congress.

Here’s the breakdown of pedestrian deaths from 2001-2010 in Minnesota. Please contact your representative to say that you hope he or she will support funding that supports safer streets for walking and biking.

District Deaths 2001-2010 Representative Contact




MN-05 73 Keith Ellison 202-225-4755
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MN-08 71 Chip Cravaack 202-225-6211
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MN-06 60 Michele Bachmann 202-225-2331
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MN-04 51 Betty McCollum 202-225-6631
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MN-01 35 Tim Walz 202-225-2472
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MN-03 34 Erik Paulsen 202-225-2871
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MN-02 32 John Kline 202-225-2271
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MN-07 28 Colin Peterson 202-225-2165
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Word out of Washington is that the House and Senate are (finally) closing in on a longer-term extension of the federal transportation bill. Such an agreement would be an important step, but rumblings also suggest that funding for walking and biking projects (about 1.5 percent of federal transportation funding) will be cut or eliminated as part of the deal.

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