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Support for Transit, Bicycling, and Walking are Key as Minnesota Legislature Moves Toward Special Session

Transit, biking, and walking are critical components of a just, equitable, and climate sustainable future. And everyone should be able to use sustainable transportation to reach the important places in their lives—whether it’s the grocery store, their job, the park, or a friend’s house. That’s why each year, Move Minnesota and our allies advocate at the State Capitol for funding and policies to improve transit, bicycling, rolling, and walking for people across the state.

Critical Traction – But No Bill

This year’s legislative session looked different, with the suspension of in-person meetings and a shift to rely on digital access due to COVID-19. Minnesota’s 2020 legislative session ended on May 18, with the state’s entire bonding bill blocked by the House Minority. This isn’t the outcome anyone had hoped for at the beginning of session, and it’s unconscionable that some legislators are using our public health crisis as a political football. By refusing to pass a bonding bill, they are refusing to fund the essential projects that can help stabilize our communities and prevent even further damage to our communities, our climate, and our economy.

Despite this disappointing end, we successfully worked with our supporters to keep building traction for transit, bicycling, and walking even as the Capitol building closed and things moved online. Thanks to everyone who contacted their elected officials to share how critical walking, biking, and transit are in creating a more just world. Thanks to the partners on our entire Transportation Forward coalition, and a special shout-out to Sierra Club North Star Chapter and MN350 for their action alerts and calls!

Moving Forward Transit, Biking, and Walking

In the coming weeks, legislators are considering a special session. Thanks to your action over the last weeks and months, we are in a stronger position to push for transit funding and important policy changes:

With Special Session Likely, More Action Needed

With conversation about a special session in June, lawmakers need to keep hearing from us on the importance of transit, biking, and walking. The last days of session moved quickly, with massive compromises, shifting priorities, and critical transportation needs left out of the final Senate bill. Transit, biking, and walking champions and opponents need to hear from us now more than ever.

We’ll be making calls, sending action alerts, and more in the coming weeks. We’re a people-powered movement, and you’re an important part! Stay in the loop by signing up for our newsletter or invest in the movement by making a donation. Thanks to everyone who has taken action so far—you continue to prove that together, we can build the future we know is possible!