Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) received an award Thursday at the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. in recognition of her longtime support of bicycling legislation and her many years as co-chair of the Senate Bike Caucus.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s delegation to the National Bike Summit presented the award to Snowe’s legislative assistants at her Capitol Hill office.
“Senator Snowe has been a leader in supporting funding and policies that encourage more bicycling and walking,” said Nancy Grant, the Bicycle Coalition’s executive director. “She recognizes the important role that biking and walking can play as viable transportation options that reduce childhood obesity, cut greenhouse gases and create more liveable communities.”
Snowe, who is retiring at the end of this term, has supported funding for bicycle and walking infrastructure and the Safe Routes to School program.
During the summit, the coalition’s delegation met with all four of Maine’s congressional representatives and their staff members to discuss the federal transportation reauthorization bills now before Congress
A House-passed bill would eliminate dedicated funding for bicycling and walking infrastructure and safety and education programs. The Senate bill supported by Snowe and Collins retains bicycle funding. The current transportation authorization expires at the end of March and congressional action on the bills is expected in the next two weeks.
In addition to Grant, the Maine delegation to the National Bike Summit included Darcy Whittemore and Jim Fischer of the Maine Safe Routes to School program, Charley LaFlamme, a coalition board member, Larry Rubinstein, the coalition’s president, Bob Bruce, who teaches bicycle safety to students in the Brunswick area through a program managed by the coalition, Paul Niehoff, senior transportation planner at PACTS (Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System) and Tony Barrett of Harpswell and Henry Heyburn of Brunswick, coalition members.