80th Annual Meeting


IN SUPPORT OF ALTERNATIVE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION, SUCH AS BIKESHARING PROGRAMS, AS A MEANS TO INCREASE TRANSPORTATION MOBILITY AND MODE CHOICE

WHEREAS, expanded use of alternative modes of transportation improves air quality, reduces our dependence on foreign oil, improves mobility and can promote a more active and healthy lifestyle; and

WHEREAS, cities and states throughout the nation are implementing and expanding programs to enable and encourage the use of cleaner, healthier modes of transport; and

WHEREAS, use of alternative modes of transportation helps all users of the transportation system, including those who choose to or must drive, by reducing congestion and improving safety among other benefits; and

WHEREAS, alternative modes of transportation often support each other– for example, bike sharing programs improve the effectiveness of the existing transit system,  integrating into the existing network and providing valuable connections and flexibility; and

WHEREAS, bicycling, whether on one’s own bike or using a shared bike, is a convenient, affordable, healthy, environmentally-friendly and fun method of transportation, especially for trips under three miles; and

WHEREAS, increased use of alternative modes of transportation helps make communities more livable by increasing safety, improving the connectivity of our transportation network, reducing congestion and improving air quality; and

WHEREAS, federal funding for programs that provide, enable and/or increase the availability of alternative modes of transportation has come under increasing attack at the federal level;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly endorses the planning and implementation of alternative modes of transportation throughout the United States; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges the United States Department of Transportation and the United States Congress to provide substantial new funding and other incentives, including tax credits, for alternative means of transportation, and to facilitate the exchange of information between interested parties.


RESOLUTION ADOPTED JUNE 2012