Reps. Espaillat and Brownley Introduce Bill to Make Streets Safer and Encourage Environmentally Friendly Transportation

June 17, 2019
Press Release
The Safe and Friendly for the Environment (SAFE) Streets Act directs federal funds toward making streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists

NEW YORK, NYReps. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Julia Brownley (D-CA) have joined to introduce the Safe and Friendly for the Environment (SAFE) Streets Act, which will direct more federal funds toward making our streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, helping to save lives and encouraging better protection of the environment.

“Improving pedestrian safety and biker accessibility will have a tremendous impact throughout our neighborhoods and communities,” said Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY). “We are introducing the Safe and Friendly for the Environment (SAFE) Streets Act because we each have a stake in keeping our streets safe and taking measures to potentially save lives.”

“Making our roads safer for all users is a win-win,” said Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA). “Not only will it encourage more people to choose environmentally friendly transportation options like biking or walking, but even more importantly, it will save lives.”

“The Safe Routes Partnership is committed to helping cities and towns across the country build safe, active, equitable transportation options,” said Cass Isidro, Executive Director of the Safe Routes Partnership. “We commend Rep. Brownley for introducing the SAFE Streets Act, which will direct funding to communities to help them make it safer for people of all ages and backgrounds to walk and wheel. This legislation represents a huge step forward in reducing deaths and injuries to people walking and rolling.”

“This Bill would make critical changes to target safety investments where they are needed most,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists. “People who bike and walk represent 12% of all trips but bear 18% of traffic deaths and yet we invest less than 1% of funding to keep them safe. The League applauds Representatives Brownley and Espaillat for the leadership to right this imbalance in funding to protect vulnerable road users.”

The Safe and Friendly for the Environment (SAFE) Streets Act will require state and local transportation agencies to direct more resources from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to areas with pedestrian and bicyclist fatality rates over 1.5 fatalities per 100,000 people, directing more resources to dangerous roads and intersections where they are most needed.

This legislation is supported by The League of American Bicyclists and the Safe Routes Partnership.

 

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee.  He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he also serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx.  To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

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