On Monday, October 20, there will be a big lunchtime rally at the STA Plaza to launch Spokane’s SmartRoutes 2010 campaign. In case you haven’t heard this is part of a big campaign to expand the pilot city project where the federal government would give certain cities $50 million dollars to induce a mode shift away from automobiles to “active transportation,” or cycling and walking. You can read about the 2010 campaign here at the Rails to Trails Conservancy website. Spokane has been at the forefront on this campaign, and transportation advocates here have worked hard to push for Spokane’s inclusion. Originally the goal was to target 40 cities, but almost 50 ended up applying to be included. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out in the current economic climate not every city is likely to get funding. So who is Spokane competing with? I’ve got the list here which includes two other cities from our state.

2010 Active Transportation Bill Cities:

Anchorage / Palmer / Wasilla, Alaska
Tucson, Ariz.
Alameda County, Cal.
Humboldt County, Cal.
Marin County, Cal.
Sacramento, Cal.
San Diego, Cal.
Metro Hartford, Conn.
Wahington, D.C.
Northern Del.
Jacksonville, Fl.
Miami-Dade County, Fl.
Volusia County, Fl.
Chicago, Ill.
Fort Wayne, In.
Central Indiana, In.
New Orleans, La.
Pioneer Valley, Mass
Mystic Valley, Mass.
Baltimore, Md.
Portland, Maine
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Metro Grand Rapids, Mich.
Twin Cities, Minn.
Columbia, Mo.
Greater Kansas City, Mo. / Ks.
O’Fallon, MoSt. Louis, Mo.
Billings, Mt.
Missoula, Mt.
Charlotte, N.C.

Manchester, N.H.
Camden, N.J.
Buffalo-Niagara, N.Y.
Columbus, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Oxford, Ohio
Eugene, Ore.
Portland, Ore.
Blair County, Penn.
Providence, R.I.
Alexandria/Arlington, Va.
Chittenden County, Vt.
Puyallup, Wash.
Seattle, Wash.
Spokane, Wash.
Madison, Wis.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Sheboygan County, Wis.