The beginning of 2019 is shaping up to be an impressive season for bikes. Already, there are municipalities across the country gearing up to vote on measures that would invest in the expansion of bicycle infrastructure and improve the quality and accessibility of places to ride bikes. We encourage you to vote on these measures.
For more information, contact Ashley Seaward.
Fall Ballot Measures
King County, WA – Proposition 1 – $810 million between 2020 and 2025 – August 6 – PASSED (68%-32%)
If passed, Prop 1 would fund parks, recreation, trails and open space throughout the county. This funding would benefit everyone in King County by providing more spaces to get outdoors that are both safe and comfortable.
Town of Cary, NC – General obligation bond referendum – $113,000,000 – October 8
If passed, this bond referendum would improve the Town of Cary’s transportation infrastructure and improve its parks and recreation needs, including preserving open space. All of these are areas that would benefit the entire community including people who enjoy riding bikes.
Scottsdale, AZ – Question #2: Community Spaces and Infrastructure – $112,300,000 – November 5
If passed, the Community Spaces and Infrastructure bond measure would fund the construction of a second bridge over the Reata Pass Wash that will consist of two full travel lanes and a bike lane in each direction. In addition to other roadway improvements, this bond would help make Scottsdale’s roads safer for all road users.
Metro Council, OR – Parks and nature bond measure – $138,000,000 – November 5
If passed, this bond measure would provide funding for county, town, city and district parks. It will improve open space, trails, and recreation to advance Metro’s commitment to racial equity, making sure all people benefit from investments in parks and nature.
Tulsa, OK – Improve Our Tulsa – $639,000,000 infrastructure package, $87,700,000 towards bikes – November 12
If passed, this infrastructure package would improve the city of Tulsa’s streets, parks, city facilities and emergency departments. The measure would 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.
Spring Ballot Measures
Jupiter, FL – Resolution #85-18 – $20,000,000 – March 12 – PASSED (74%-25%)
Resolution #85-18 is a Land Acquisition Program 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 – PASSED (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 –
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 – PASSED (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 – PASSED (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 – PASSED (81%-19%)
This income tax increase will benefit Gahanna residents by generating new funding for the city’s parks, recreation, trails and associated facilities.
El Paso, TX – Proposition A – May 4 – PASSED (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 – PASSED (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 benefits New Orlean cyclists into the future.
Garland, TX – Proposition D – $117,750,000 – May 4 – PASSED (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 – PASSED (67%-33%)
Prop E will help fund the expansion of the community’s parks, trails and open space.
Lake Oswego, OR – Bonds for Open Space, Parks and Recreation Land and Facilities– $30,000,000 – May 21 – PASSED PASSED (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.
Paid for by the PeopleForBikes Coalition, 2580 55th St Suite 210, Boulder, CO 80301. Not authorized by any candidate or committee.