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Speak Out for California Trails and Parks

It has been 15 years since Californians have had an opportunity to pass a park bond, and we desperately need to invest in our parks, trails and wildlife habitat. Legislators are considering two competing park bond bills that include funding for trails, but the Assembly version has 50 percent more funding for the trails program.

The legislature is also drafting Senate Bill 595 (SB 595) which would allow Bay Area voters to consider Regional Measure 3 in 2018 to raise bridge tolls to reduce traffic congestion. We need your help to ensure that, if voters pass that measure, some revenue from the tolls will be invested in providing commuters with smart, clean, active transportation options like trails, bikeways and walkways especially those that connect to BART, buses and ferries.

Act now! Write your state legislators today. For the park bond, ask them to increase the funding in SB 5 to $45 million for trails, maintain the $45 million funding level in Assembly Bill 18 (AB 18), and provide $425 million for the per capita program, and $50 million for the Bay Area Program in the State Coastal Conservancy. Also make sure they support at least $300 million for the Trails/Safe Routes to Transit program, and $100 million for Priority Conservation areas in SB 595 for the Bay Area.

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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a supporter of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and someone who cares about our state parks and providing healthier transportation options, I am writing today about the statewide park bond, and Regional Measure 3, and urge you to fight for the following:

Park bond:
*increase funding for trails in Senate Bill 5 to $45 million
*maintain the current $45 million for trails in Assembly Bill 18 (Chapter 5 in both bills);
*$425 million for the per capita program and
*$50 million for the Bay Area Program in the State Coastal Conservancy.

A park bond bill would provide long-overdue, desperately needed investments in parks and trails to make the outdoors more accessible to greater numbers of Californians, improve our state parks, and create healthier ways to unite neighborhoods with recreational opportunities, particularly in urban areas with inadequate access to green spaces.

Regional Measure 3: I am also writing to urge you to include more funding for trails, walking and biking in Senate Bill 595, which would allow Bay Area residents to vote on Regional Measure 3 in 2018. Specifically, I ask you to include:
*At least $300 million for the Trails/Safe Routes to Transit program, and
*$100 million for Priority Conservation areas

We need more safe, clean, active transportation options for commuters and for every day transportation in the Bay Area. The active transportation investments from RM 3 need to be substantial in order to support the transit investments, because we need to increase transit use without increasing driving trips to transit stops and stations. Therefore, it is critical to allocate at least $300 million to provide commuters with options like trails, bikeways and walkways especially those that connect to BART, buses and ferries.

Please support the statewide park bond, and a robust active transportation investment in SB 595 to continue to support healthy, active communities and combat traffic congestion.


Sincerely,
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