Letter: Don't ignore walking, biking infrastructure

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As Congress crafts their responses to the White House’s proposed infrastructure bill, we need a balanced transportation system that includes roads, transit, rail lines, and trail networks. We can’t forget walking and biking infrastructure.

The last National Household Travel Survey shows that nearly 40 percent of all trips in the U.S. are within a 20-minute bike ride and over 20 percent are within a 20-minute walk. Connected networks for walking and biking are an essential part of a system of mobility choices that meet our changing needs.

To the newspaper, I ask that you include walking and biking in your coverage of the infrastructure debate. And I ask Rep. Bruce Poliquin, Sen. Angus King, and Sen. Susan Collins to include funding for connected walking and biking networks as part of a balanced transportation system.

Nancy Chapman