Coalition Provides Testimony In Support of Local Road Assistance Program

Testimony in SUPPORT of LD 505 – An Act To Increase the Funding Level of the Local Road Assistance Program

James Tassé

Assistant Director Bicycle Coalition of Maine

March 25, 2015

Good Afternoon Chairman Collins, Chairman McLean, and Members of the Committee. My name is James Tassé and I am here on behalf of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and our 5,000 members. I urge you to vote in SUPPORT of LD 505.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide organization that advocates for bicyclists and pedestrians. We work to make Maine better for bicycling and walking.

This bill would increase annual funding dedicated for the Local Road Assistance Program from 9% to 10% of the Highway Fund allocation to the Department of Transportation. We feel strongly that providing these funds to the municipalities that maintain local roads will help keep our transportation system in good condition for all users, including walkers and people on bicycles, and will help stimulate and support economic activity and improve safety.

For these reasons I urge the committee to support LD 505. Thank you for your time and I would be glad to answer any questions.

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