On November 6, 2018, voters across the U.S. will have the opportunity to make their voices heard on ballot measures and propositions that will provide new funding for bike infrastructure or, in some cases, eliminate existing funding for bicycling facilities. Below are the measures we have identified that will affect bike riding.

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Tucson, Arizona — Proposition 407: NEW FUNDING FOR BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE

Voters in Tucson will decide whether to approve a new $225 million general obligation bond for capital improvements in the city. The bond proceeds would be used to establish a dedicated funding stream for parks, bike paths, and other recreational amenities.

Passed: 55% – 45% (A win for bikes!)





Proposition 6 would unwind the increase in the state gas tax that was enacted into law in 2017 by the legislature and governor. If passed, the measure will eliminate approximately $5.2 billion in total funding for transportation, including many projects that have already commenced. Most importantly for bike riders, Prop 6 would eliminate $100 million each year for the Active Transportation Program – the fund dedicated to building bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Defeated: 55% – 45% (A win for bikes!)




Statewide Measure — Proposition 110: NEW FUNDING FOR BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE

Proposition 110 will increase the state sales tax in Colorado by .62 percent, or approximately 6 cents on a $10 purchase, for a period of 20 years. Proceeds will go to resolving the state’s $9 billion backlog of transportation projects. The measure is projected to raise up to $7 billion over the course of its lifetime.

Fifteen percent of the proceeds from Proposition 110 will be dedicated to multi-modal purposes, including transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects. The remainder of funds will be split between the Colorado Department of Transportation and local governments.

Defeated: 60% – 40% (A loss for bikes.)


Statewide Measure — Proposition 109: NO FUNDING FOR BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE

Proposition 109 is another statewide measure that will dedicate funding to Colorado’s transportation infrastructure. The measure will authorize bonding of $3.5 billion, but it does not provide for any new revenue to pay for that bonding. Therefore, payments on the bonds will have to come from existing sources. The measure does not dedicate any revenue to multi-modal projects like biking. Instead all revenue will be used for 66 specified highway projects.

Defeated: 61% – 39% (A win for bikes!)



City and County of Denver residents will have the opportunity to invest in new funding for their parks and trails through measure 2A. Measure 2A would increase the city and county sales tax by .25 percent, or 2.5 cents on a $10 purchase. Proceeds would be spent on improvements to parks, trails, open space, and waterways. The measure is projected to generate $45 million annually.

Proceeds of the measure will also be used to leverage other sources of revenue for parks, such as state lottery funds.

Passed: 60% – 40% (A win for bikes!)




Sarasota County, Florida — County Bond Referendum: NEW FUNDING FOR BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE

Sarasota County is asking residents to approve general obligation bonds of up to $65 million that will be used to acquire land and develop an eight-mile extension of the existing Legacy Trail. The Legacy Trail is an eleven mile long path built from on an old railroad bed. The bonds would also be used to make improvements to the existing trail and improve connections between North Port and downtown Sarasota.

Passed: 71% – 29% (A win for bikes!)


Doral, Florida — Doral Parks General Obligation Bond Referendum: NEW FUNDING FOR BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE

City of Doral residents will be asked whether to approve $150 million in general obligation bonds to fund park and recreation improvements in the city. Most importantly, the bond will fund new paths and trails, particularly in the central and eastern areas of the city that have typically been underserved by the trail system. Bond proceeds will also be used to improve to existing multi-use paths.

Passed: 53% – 47% (A win for bikes!)



Statewide Measure — Amendment 1: NEW FUNDING FOR BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE

Amendment 1 would dedicate existing sales tax revenue from sporting goods stores (including bicycle shops) to a dedicated fund for parks, trails, water quality, and wildlife. It is expected to provide $20 million per year.

Passed: 83% – 17% (A win for bikes!)


Rhode Island


Question 3 would authorize the state to issue $47.3 million in bonds for environmental, water, and recreation projects. Several of the specified projects will help bike riding in the state:

  • $5 million is committed to the State Bikeway Development Program;
  • $5 million is committed to local recreation projects;
  • $2 million is committed to local open space.

Passed: 79% – 21% (A win for bikes!)




Austin, Texas — Propositions C and G: NEW FUNDING FOR BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE

The City of Austin is asking voters to approve $925 million of general obligation bonds to fund various capital improvements in the city. Of the seven general obligation bond measures (Propositions A through G), Propositions C and G specifically pertain to parks, recreation, and transportation funding. Proposition C would authorize general obligation bonds of $149 million for parks and recreation. This money would be spend on land acquisition for additional parks, as well as infrastructure improvements like new and improved trails and greenways. Proposition G would authorize $160 million of bonds for transportation purposes. Of the $160 million, $38 million would be dedicated to new urban trails, the city’s Vision Zero program, and sidewalk improvements.

Passed: Proposition C 81% – 19%; Proposition G 81% – 19% (Two wins for bikes!)