This has been an impressive year for bikes on the state and local levels. In 2019, PeopleForBikes helped secure $2.6 billion for parks, open space and trails, of which $1.5 billion is dedicated to bike projects. States and municipalities across the country are voting on measures that will provide investment in expanding bicycle infrastructure and improving the quality and accessibility of places to ride bikes. If you love bikes, use our resources and make a plan to vote!
For more information, contact PeopleForBikes Regulatory + Policy Analyst Ashley Seaward.
Fall Ballot Measures
Scottsdale, AZ – Question #2: Community Spaces and Infrastructure – $112.3 million – Nov. 5 – APPROVED (68%-32%)
This bond measure funds the construction of a second bridge over the Reata Pass Wash consisting of two full travel lanes and a bike lane in each direction. In addition to other roadway improvements, this bond helps make Scottsdale’s roads safer for all road users. Most projects included in the bond will begin construction within three to five years.
Summit County, CO – Measure 1B – $2.5 million – Nov. 5 – APPROVED (78%-22%)
Measure 1B renews a property tax to finance the county’s acquisition and preservation of open space, natural areas and trails. The measure will also fund trail construction and maintenance, workforce housing, wildfire mitigation and other public programs and services. The tax renewal will begin January 1, 2022 without limitation or condition.
Statewide – Question 1 – $105,000,000 – Nov. 5 – APPROVED (76%-24%)
This measure authorizes $105 million in general obligation bonds for transportation infrastructure projects, $15 million of which will go towards facilities and equipment related to freight and passenger railroads, transit, ports, marine transportation, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
Scarborough, ME – Question 3 – $2,500,000 – Nov. 5 – APPROVED (58%-42%)
Question 3 authorizes a $2.5 million bond to renew the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund. The fund is maintained by the town to purchase land, conserve open space, provide public access and recreation, and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, and environmentally sensitive areas; meaning that the city can put more funds towards outdoor areas where residents can go bike riding. The bonds will be repaid by the town over the next 20 years.
Town of Cary, NC – General obligation bond referendum – $112,900,000 for parks and recreation (77%-23%) – $113,000,000 for transportation (80%-20%) – Oct. 8 – APPROVED
This bond referendum improves the Town of Cary’s transportation infrastructure and improves its parks and recreation needs, including preserving open space and creating greenways and trails that improve the city’s bike connectivity. These improvements benefit people who ride bikes and the community as a whole. The Town will have up to 10 years to issue the bonds and 20 years to pay back the bonds after the funds are borrowed.
Mecklenburg, NC – 0.25% Sales and Land Use Tax – $17,000,000 – Nov. 5 – NOT APPROVED (57%-43%)
This local sales and land use tax would have levied an additional sales tax of 0.25%, increasing the total sales rate in Mecklenburg County from 7.25% to 7.5%. The tax increase would have brought in $17,000,000 to improve parks and greenways for residents to bike rides on.
Tulsa, OK – Improve Our Tulsa – $639,000,000 infrastructure package, $87,700,000 towards bikes – Nov. 12 – APPROVED (85%-15%)
This infrastructure package will improve the city of Tulsa’s streets, parks, city facilities and emergency departments. The measure will benefit bikes by setting aside funds specifically for bike lanes and improving several parks throughout the city where bike riders of all ages can ride. Improve Our Tulsa projects comes from both sales tax and property tax-financed General Obligation Bonds issued by the City of Tulsa and must be repaid within 5 years.
Metro Portland, OR – Parks and nature bond measure – $475,000,000 ($230,000,000 for bikes) – Nov. 5 – APPROVED (67%-33%)
This bond measure provides funding annually for county, town, city and district parks to improve open space, trails, and recreation and advance Metro’s commitment to racial equity, making sure all people benefit from investments in parks and nature.
Statewide – Prop. 5 – 6.25% sporting goods sales tax would go towards parks and bikes – Nov. 5 – APPROVED (88%-12%)
Prop. 5 ensures that all sales tax revenue (6.25%) from sporting good sales would go to the Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission. In 2018, $322 million was raised in revenue from this tax. These annual funds improve Texas’s parks and create more fun and comfortable places for residents to walk and bike.
Williamson County, TX – Prop. B – $35,000,000 – Nov. 5 – APPROVED (59%-41%)
Prop. B authorizes the county to issue and sell bonds not to exceed $35 million for the purpose of constructing, improving, renovating, acquiring land, buildings and facilities for park and recreational purposes including, but not limited to, parkland, open space/preserve land, trail acquisition, pedestrian and bike trail improvements. This bond results in annual funding for bikes.
Prince William County, VA – Park Improvement Bond – $41,000,000 ($20,000,000 for bikes) – Nov. 5 – APPROVED (61%-39%)
This bond provides $41,000,000 to fund the acquisition, design, construction and improvement of parks, trails and greenways across the county for all residents to enjoy and ride bikes on. The bond referendum reaults in annual funding for bikes and is good for up to eight years. After that, the county has the option to extend that authorization for an additional two years, subject to court approval.
King County, WA – Proposition 1 – $810,000,000 between 2020 and 2025 – Aug. 6 – APPROVED (68%-32%)
Prop 1 funds parks, recreation, trails and open space throughout the county. This funding benefits everyone in King County by providing more spaces to get outdoors that are both safe and comfortable.
Statewide – Initiative 976 – $4,000,000,000 – Nov. 5 – NOT APPROVED (56%-44%)
This measure would limit license fees for vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds to $30; base vehicle taxes on the Kelley Blue Book value rather than 85% of the manufacturer’s base suggested retail price; and repeal authorization for certain regional transit authorities, such as Sound Transit, to impose motor vehicle excise taxes. These changes would decrease Washington’s funding for transportation improvements, including bike and pedestrian infrastructure, by $4.2 billion annually.
Spring Ballot Measures
Jupiter, FL – Resolution #85-18 – $20,000,000 – March 12 – APPROVED (74%-25%)
Resolution #85-18 is a Land Acquisition Program that will increase funding for waterfront, recreational and open space lands — areas that all cyclists in Jupiter can enjoy.
Hollywood, FL – GO Bond: Parks, Open Space, Recreational and Cultural Facilities – $64,000,000 – March 12 – APPROVED (58%-42%)
This measure will revitalize the Orangebrook Golf & Country Club, including the creation of a 23-acre nature reserve path for biking.
Gwinnett County, GA – Transportation (MARTA) referendum – $5,500,000,000 – March 19 –
NOT APPROVED (54%-46%)
The MARTA referendum would have funded $5.5 billion towards transportation throughout the county, aiding in the creation of better bike infrastructure for its residents.
New Orleans, LA – Parks & Recreation referendum – 2019 Capital and Operating Budgets – $6,590,000 – May 4 – APPROVED (76%-24%)
This measure will allocate funding towards improving, maintaining and operating parks and recreational facilities, which would improve the Audubon neighborhood’s park systems and public spaces for biking.
Columbus, OH – Issue 8 – $100,000,000 – May 7 – APPROVED (77%-23%)
Issue 8 will fund $100 million towards improving parks and recreation for activities such as biking.
Gahanna, OH – Income tax – 75% of 2.5% income tax will go towards parks, recreation & trails – May 7 – APPROVED (81%-19%)
This income tax increase will benefit Gahanna residents by generating new funding for the city’s parks, recreation, trails and associated facilities.
Lake Oswego, OR – Bonds for Open Space, Parks and Recreation Land and Facilities– $30,000,000 – May 21 – APPROVED (62%-38%)
Lake Oswego will issue up to $30 million in bonds to acquire property for open space or parks, or to improve recreation facilities.
El Paso, TX – Proposition A – May 4 – APPROVED (88%-11%)
Prop 5 will preserve 1,107 acres of land including the Lost Dog Trail from private development and roadways. The Lost Dog Trail is popular among mountain bikers.
McKinney, TX – Proposition C – $91,000,000 – May 4 – APPROVED (63%-37%)
Prop C will allocate $91 million towards the renovation and expansion of existing parks as well as the acquisition of property for future parks, a win that would benefit New Orlean’s cyclists into the future.
Garland, TX – Proposition D – $117,750,000 – May 4 – APPROVED (60%-40%)
Prop D will create new trails that bike riders in Garland can enjoy. This update to the city’s park system would benefit current bike riders and encourage more residents to go out and ride.
Frisco, TX – Proposition E – $53,000,000 – May 4 – APPROVED (67%-33%)
Prop E will help fund the expansion of the community’s parks, trails and open space.
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