People who purchase bikes need safe, convenient, and accessible places to ride. PeopleForBikes supports developing and investing in a transportation system that provides the necessary infrastructure for people to travel anywhere they need to go by bike.
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.