PeopleForBikes values the need to protect and conserve public lands so people who ride bikes can continue to have access to them. We support policies that improve management plans to ensure that access is protected and that we find new opportunities to expand it in the appropriate places.
Public Lands – Public lands provide some of the best places to ride bikes. However, these lands are constantly under threat from both a lack of funding and proposals to relinquish control of our federal lands. PeopleForBikes works to maintain these critical places to ride:
- Public lands transfer: Our public lands provide endless recreational opportunities, including some of the best mountain bike trails in the world. Furthermore, bicycle tourism is an important economic contributor to communities surrounding them.Our public lands continue to experience threatening backlogs in maintenance as well as unfair limitations on bike riding. Federal lands policy should focus on protecting these precious lands, while also ensuring that outdoor recreation, including cycling, remains a key priority for management agencies.
- Agency funding: Our public lands cannot be managed properly without adequate funding for key agencies like the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. We work to ensure that the budgets of these agencies are protected.
- Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF): For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped communities across the country to conserve lands and improve recreational opportunities, including bicycling, throughout the nation. PeopleForBikes supports a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as the highest possible funding on an annual basis.
- Recreational Trails Program (RTP): RTP provides another critical mechanism to build new trails. Working with partner organizations, we are working to maintain and grow its funding.
PeopleForBikes supports developing and investing in a transportation system that provides the appropriate infrastructure for the bicycle industry to effectively deliver product to market, while also providing the necessary infrastructure to consumers to utilize those products.
Funding for bikes
Transportation Alternatives Program – TAP is the largest federal funding source to help communities build bike infrastructure, including on- and off-road bicycle facilities. Recreational trail projects, safe routes to schools, and protected bike lanes are included. Funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program will grow to $850 million in fiscal year 2020.
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – The Recreational Trails Program provides funding to states to develop and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized users, including bike riders. In fiscal year 2017, the total funding for RTP is slightly more than $83 million.
TIGER – TIGER is a discretionary grant program run by the U.S. Department of Transportation that funds a broad range of transportation projects, including helping communities meet the growing demand for bike infrastructure to improving freight movement.
State Transportation Funding – Many states face significant shortfalls in their existing budgets to build new infrastructure and maintain existing facilities. PeopleForBikes is mobilizing its network of individual supporters and industry members to ensure that bike infrastructure is part of these proposals. Below are several recent successes where we have worked to generate new funding for protect existing sources:
- Oregon (2017): Oregon passed a comprehensive transportation funding bill that will generate $22 million annually for bike infrastructure over the next ten years. We also successfully lowered the tax on the sale of new bicycles in this legislation from the initial proposal of 5% of the retail price to a $15 flat fee.
- California (2017): In 2017, California doubled the size of its Active Transportation Fund from $100 million annually to $200 million annually. PeopleForBikes Coalition members visited with leaders in Sacramento to advocate for this change.
- Tennessee (2016): When the legislature threatened to eliminate bike projects from being eligible for state transportation funding, we mounted a grassroots campaign to fight the proposal and successfully removed this language from the bill.
- Florida (2015): PeopleForBikes supporters weighed to express their support for a new source of dedicated funding for bicycle paths, and the state now has $25 million annually to spend on a statewide network of trails.
Local ballot measures: PeopleForBikes is working to support local governments and advocates to ensure that transportation ballot measures include dedicated bike infrastructure funding. Since 2016, voters have passed ballots measures providing $4.6 billion in new revenue for bike projects.
Electric bicycle (e-bike) laws are different in every state, and can be confusing for consumers, retailers, and suppliers. The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and PeopleForBikes have a partnership to make riding an e-bike easy and accessible for all.
With clear rules on how and where to ride an e-bike, everyone stands to benefit. Local bicycle shops and manufacturers will see increased business and their customers will no longer be confused; people who already ride e-bikes can more easily understand where to ride; and new bicyclists who may be discouraged from riding a traditional bicycle due to limited physical fitness, age, disability or convenience will have new transportation alternatives.
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