Our promise to Florida was to take on the big battles and win.
For any Floridian who loves trails, biking and walking, 2014 is a year of massive significance.
Over the next nine months, a small handful of key votes, projects and funding battles will shape the landscape of Florida for decades to come. So RTC is making sure that everyone who uses and loves trails in the Sunshine State is heard during these vital decisions.
This effort is called The Florida Campaign. The invitation to all Floridians is to help push the needle toward support for trails, biking and walking in your state.
So far, The Florida Campaign is 2 for 2.
In May, more than 1,000 Florida Campaign supporters voiced their passionate opposition to Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposal to gut funding for trails. As it stands today, Rubio has not pursued the amendment any further.
Our next Florida Campaign call generated massive backing of the 2014/2015 Florida state budget, which contained important funding sources for trail building in Florida, including the first phase of work on the Coast-to-Coast Connector.
Fully aware of the booming support for biking and walking projects among his constituents, Gov. Rick Scott signed the budget into law and left the trail funding pieces intact.
Next up: We’re building support for a rail-with-trail component for the All Aboard Florida high-speed rail project. And we’ll be keeping all our Florida Campaigners up to date on the schedule of All Aboard Florida public meetings, so you can advocate for trails directly to your local decision makers.
If you use and appreciate trails in Florida, the only way to be a part of this grassroots initiative to build the Florida you want to see is get involved in The Florida Campaign.
Will Florida continue with the plans and policies that have made it the most dangerous state for walking and biking for much of the past decade? Or will it support the innovative trail projects that boost Florida’s tourism base and attract new businesses and residents?
You can help make that decision. Add your name to the groundswell of support for biking and walking in your state.
In 20 years time, when your children and grandchildren enjoy a healthy, safe and happy Florida, you can say you helped make it happen.