In 2019, PeopleForBikes helped secure $2.6 billion for parks, open space and trails, of which $1.5 billion was dedicated to bike projects.

2020 will be no different. States and municipalities across the country are advancing ballot measures that, if passed, would make investments in expanded bicycle infrastructure and improved quality and accessibility of places to ride. If you love bikes, use our resources and make a plan to vote!

For more information, contact PeopleForBikes Regulatory + Policy Analyst Ashley Seaward.

Arizona

Gilbert, AZ – Plan For Our Future: 2020 Gilbert General Plan – Aug. 4 – APPROVED (81% YES – 19% NO) A win for bikes!

This measure will replace the 2012 Gilbert General Plan with the 2020 Gilbert General Plan, which will improve connectivity between Gilbert’s bike network systems.

California

Napa County, CA – Measure K – $1,800,000 annually/$27,000,000 over 15 years – March 3 – NOT APPROVED (63% YES – 37% NO – required a two-thirds vote) A loss for bikes.

If approved, Measure K would have secured funding for the preservation of watersheds, rivers, lakes, open space and wildlife habitat and improve public access to the outdoors for the next 15 years. It was a 0.25% sales tax increase where 20% of the funds would have gone towards trails for bike riding.

Marinwood Community Services District, CA Measure G – $383,103 annually/$1,532,000 over 4 years – March 3 – APPROVED (72% YES – 28% NO) A win for bikes!

Measure G will authorize the district to continue to use its park tax revenue to pay for park, open space and street landscape maintenance services.

Marin and Sonoma County, CA – Measure I –  -$12,000,000 annually/-$360,000,000 over 30 years – March 3 – NOT APPROVED (54% YES – 46% NO – required a two-thirds vote) A win for bikes!

If approved, Measure I would have eliminated the voter approved plans to finish building the North-South Greenway, a bike/pedestrian path that would connect residents from Cloverdale to Larkspur. The cost to complete is project is estimated to be $35- $40 million, which could be completed if residents vote in favor of the greenway.

Contra Costa County, CA – Measure J – $10,000,000 annually/$350,000,000 over 35 years – March 3 – NOT APPROVED (49% YES – 51% NO) A loss for bikes.

If approved, Measure J would have prioritized bike riding as one way to reduce overall transportation emissions and improve air quality. This initiative was a 1/2 cent sales tax increase to help fund Contra Costa’s transportation system, including the build-out of a network of safe bike routes.

San Francisco, CA – 2020 Health and Recovery Bond – $28,050,000 annually/$280,500,000 over 10 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 29% – YES 71%) A win for bikes!

This measure will fund $239 million for parks and recreation, and $41.5 million for shovel-ready public infrastructure projects such as paving roads, bike lanes and curb ramps.

Arcata, CA – Measure A – $175,000 annually – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 20% – YES 80%) A win for bikes!

Measure A will allow the city to levy a special tax of $37 annually per parcel of land to fund the protection and maintenance of parks, open spaces and trails; protecting land and expanding public access and trail systems.

Milpitas, CA – Public Service Measure – $6,500,000 annually/$52,000,000 over 8 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 39% – YES 61%) A win for bikes!

This measure will fund a number of public services throughout Milpitas including repairing park equipment and maintaining parks and recreation centers.

Oakland, CA – Oakland Unified School District (USD) Bond – $24,500,000 annually/$735,000,000 over 30 years – Nov. 3 –APPROVED (NO 23% – YES 77%) A win for bikes!

This bond will fund repairs and maintenance across the Oakland Unified School District, including the creation of bike infrastructure.

San Luis Obispo, CA – Measure G-20 – $21,600,000 annually – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 40% – YES 60%) A win for bikes!

This tax will fund the continued maintenance and improvement of open space and natural areas that support outdoor activities such as bike riding throughout the city.

Eureka, CA –  Measure H – $9,600,000 annually/$48,000,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 31% – YES 69%) A win for bikes!

This measure will generate approximately $9,600,000 annually to maintain general city operations including the funding of local parks and recreation areas.

Apple Valley, CA – Measure O – $7,000,000 annually – Nov. 3 – NOT APPROVED (NO 66% – YES 34%) A loss for bikes.

If approved, this measure would have generated approximately $7,000,000 annually to maintain general city operations including the funding of local parks and recreation areas.

Santa Clara County, CA – Measure T – $8,000,000 annually – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 18% – YES 82%) A win for bikes!

This measure will generate approximately $8,000,000 annually to increase public access to open space and help maintain local parks and trails.

Sonoma County, CA – Measure DD – $26,000,000 annually – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 28% – YES 72%) A win for bikes!

This measure will generate approximately $26,000,000 annually to enhance transportation services, provide street repairs and make biking and walking safer throughout the county.

Berkeley, CA – Berkeley HH – $2,400,000 annually – Nov. 3 – NOT APPROVED (NO 52% – YES 48%) A loss for bikes.

If approved, this measure would have created the Climate Equity Action Fund, which would have helped create local climate action projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure development and electric bicycle incentive programs.

Colorado

Denver, CO – Climate Sales Tax – $36,000,000 annually – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 35% – YES 65%) A win for bikes!
This ¼-cent sales tax increase will fund programs that support affordable, clean, safe and reliable transportation choices, such as biking and neighborhood-scale transit.

Florida

Collier County, FL – Conservation Collier renewal – $28,700,000 annually/$287,000,000 over 10 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 23% – YES 77%) A win for bikes!

The Conservation Collier program will help preserve environmentally sensitive areas that include trails for bike riding.

Illinois

Champaign County, IL – Forest Preserve District Referendum – $689,000 annually/ $3,445,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 43% – YES 57%) A win for bikes!

The Forest Preserve District Referendum will help generate approximately $689,000 annually to fund forest preserve projects that include trail improvements and paved bike path repairs.

Massachusetts

Ayer, MA – Community Preservation Act (CPA) Surcharge Increase – $570,000 annually/$2,850,000 over 5 years – June 2 – APPROVED (55% YES – 45% NO) A win for bikes!

This measure will increase Ayer’s property tax surcharge by 2% to continue to support the community’s CPA, which funds the development of outdoor recreational facilities that support bike riding.

West Stockbridge, MA – Community Preservation Act (CPA) adoption – $76,000 annually/$380,000 over 5 years – June 29 – APPROVED (72% YES – 28% NO) A win for bikes!

This measure will establish a 2% property tax surcharge to fund the CPA for West Stockbridge. This act is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities.

Framingham, MA – Community Preservation Act (CPA) adoption – $308,000 annually/$1,540,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 37% – YES 63%) A win for bikes!

This measure will establish a 1% property tax surcharge to create a CPA in Framingham. This act would help communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing and develop outdoor recreational facilities.

Franklin, MA – Community Preservation Act (CPA) adoption – $252,000 annually/$1,260,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 39% – YES 61%) A win for bikes!

This measure will establish a 2% property tax surcharge to create a CPA in Franklin. This act would help communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing and develop outdoor recreational facilities.

Lancaster, MA – Community Preservation Act (CPA) adoption – $28,800 annually/$144,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 43% – YES 57%) A win for bikes!

This measure will establish a 1% property tax surcharge to create a CPA in Lancaster. This act is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities.

Milton, MA- Community Preservation Act (CPA) adoption – $717,000 annually/$3,585,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 38% – YES 62%) A win for bikes!

This measure will establish a 1% property tax surcharge to create a CPA in Milton. This act is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing and develop outdoor recreational facilities.

Hopedale, MA – Community Preservation Act (CPA) adoption – $110,500 annually/$552,500 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 34% – YES 66%) A win for bikes!

This measure will establish a 1% property tax surcharge to create a CPA in Hopedale. This act is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing and develop outdoor recreational facilities.

Whitman, MA – Community Preservation Act (CPA) adoption – $187,000 annually/$935,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 43% – YES 57%) A win for bikes!

This measure will establish a 1% property tax surcharge to create a CPA in Whitman. This act is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing and develop outdoor recreational facilities.

Shrewsbury, MA – Community Preservation Act (CPA) adoption – $635,000 annually/$3,175,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 37% – YES 63%) A win for bikes!

This measure will establish a 1% property tax surcharge to create a CPA in Shrewsbury. This act is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities.

Greenfield, MA – Community Preservation Act (CPA) adoption – $38,000 annually/$190,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 39% – YES 61%) A win for bikes!

This measure will establish a 1% property tax surcharge to create a CPA in Greenfield. This act is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities.

Maine

Statewide – Question 2 – $1,500,000 annually/$15,000,000 over 10 years – July 14 – APPROVED (78% YES – 22% NO) A win for bikes!
This measure will fund $15,000,000 for multimodal facilities or equipment related to transit, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, ports, harbors, marine transportation and active transportation projects that include bicycle infrastructure.

Michigan

Ingham County, MI – Trails and Parks Millage Renewal – $3,841,444 annually/$23,048,664 over 6 years – March 10 –  APPROVED (74% YES – 26% NO) A win for bikes!

This measure will fund the creation and maintenance of a countywide system of recreational trails and adjacent parks — including along Lansing’s River Trail — and find new ways to connect and extend existing trailways throughout Greater Lansing and beyond.

Washtenaw County, MI – 0.5-mill road and non-motorized transportation tax renewal – $8,900,000 annually/$35,600,000 over four years – Aug. 4 – APPROVED (77% YES – 23% NO) A win for bikes!

This measure will renew a 0.5-mill road and non-motorized transportation tax to fund the maintenance of Washtenaw roads, bike lanes and pathways.

Statewide – Proposal 1 – $50,000,000 annually/$800,000,000 over 16 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 16% – YES 84%) A win for bikes!

This measure will give the state more flexibility in providing outdoor recreation opportunities while also conserving important natural lands. Proposal 1 will not increase taxes but it will change the way the state’s tax revenue is currently allocated.

Washtenaw County, MI – Land Preservation Millage – $4,400,000 annually/$44,000,000 over 10 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 28% – YES 72%) A win for bikes!

This measure will renew and restore a 0.25-mill tax to fund the purchase and preservation of natural areas, including areas for recreation.

Montana

Montana (statewide) – Marijuana tax – $88,688,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 42% – YES 58%) A win for bikes!

This measure will place a 20% tax on recreational marijuana. The revenue from this tax would go toward land, water and wildlife conservation programs (including funding for trails), veteran services, substance misuse treatment and health care.

Nevada

Douglas County, NV – Conservation Tax – $1,520,000 annually/$30,400,000 over 20 years – Nov. 3 – NOT APPROVED (NO 52% – YES 48%) A loss for bikes.

If approved, this proposed conservation tax would have increased Douglas County’s sales and use tax by 0.0025 percent to finance the preservation of open space areas for conservation and recreation throughout the county.

New York

New Paltz, NY – Preservation tax – $240,000 annually/$1,200,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 28% – YES 72%) A win for bikes!

This measure will fund water resources, agricultural lands, recreation lands and trails, habitats and natural areas, scenic and historic resources and open space areas throughout New Paltz.

Ohio

Summit County, OH – Issue 11 – $21,000,000 annually/$189,000,000 over 9 years – April 28 – APPROVED (73% YES – 27% NO) A win for bikes!

Issue 11 will maintain and improve many popular bike trails managed by Summit County, including the Bike & Hike Trail, Freedom Trail and portions of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Metroparks Toledo, OH – 2-mill Parks Levy – $15,926,045 annually/$159,260,000 over 10 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 39% – YES 61%) A win for bikes!

This tax will fund the maintenance and improvement of parks and trails and conservation of natural resources, wildlife habitat, streams and natural areas.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma, statewide – State Question 814 – -$50,000,000 saved – Nov. 3 – NOT APPROVED (NO 59% – YES 41%) A win for bikes!

If approved, this measure would have decreased the amount of funding that is annually allocated to the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). This trust funds many state bicycling efforts, such as the Oklahoma Bike Summit, bicycling education programs, safe streets projects, and safe routes to school.

Oregon

Portland, OR – Gas Tax Renewal – $3,000,000 annually/ $12,000,000 over 4 years – May 19 – APPROVED (77% YES – 23% NO) A win for bikes!

This 10 cent gas tax renewal will fund $75,000,000 towards improving Portland’s streets by making them safer for all road users. Included in this measure is $6,000,000 for Safe Routes to School projects, $1,500,000 for sidewalk and bike lane improvements and $4,500,000 for the creation of neighborhood greenways.

Portland, OR – Park Tax – $48,000,000 annually/$240,000,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 36% – YES 64%) A win for bikes!

This tax will fund trail maintenance, programming and community partnerships throughout Portland.

Portland Metro, OR – Measure 26-218 – $12,500,000 annually/$250,000,000 over 20 years – Nov. 3 –  NOT APPROVED (NO 57% – YES 43%) A loss for bikes.

If approved, Measure 26-218 would have funded transportation safety and improvement projects throughout Portland Metro District. Potential projects would have included new protected bike lanes and Safe Routes to School programs.

Texas

Austin, TX – Prop A – $473,333,333 annually/$7,100,000,000 over 15 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 32% – YES 68%) A win for bikes!

Prop A will build infrastructure to connect Austin residents. This plan includes an all-electric bus fleet, a new rail system, a downtown transit tunnel, an expanded bus system with more routes and an all-electric bike fleet stationed at transit hubs.

Austin, TX – Prop B – $76,666,666 anually/$460,000,000 over 6 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 42% – YES 58%) A win for bikes!

Prop B will fund a high-capacity public transportation network that consists of sidewalks, bike lanes, urban trails and safety improvements to make all ways of getting around – including driving – safe and accessible for all.

Hays County, TX – Parks and Open Space Bond – $15,000,000 annually/$75,000,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 30% – YES 70%) A win for bikes!

This bond will fund parks and open space projects throughout Hays County including a new bike and hike bridge.

Pflugerville, TX – Prop B – $1,057,500 annually/$42,300,000 over 40 years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 34% – YES 66%) A win for bikes!

Prop B will fund parks and recreation projects for trail improvements, neighborhood parks, land acquisition and playgrounds in Pflugerville, TX.

Virginia

Fairfax County, VA – Parks Bond – $11,200,000 annually/$112,000,000 over ten years – Nov. 3 – APPROVED (NO 27% – YES 73%) A win for bikes!
This parks bond will fund the renovation of current parks and create new places to recreate by bike.

Washington

Bellingham, WA – Transportation Fund 0.2% Sales Tax – $5,000,000 annually/$50,000,000 over 10 years – Nov. 3 –APPROVED (NO 17% – YES 83%) A win for bikes!

This measure will renew a 0.2% sales tax, which funds transportation improvements throughout the city. Of the revenue collected from the tax: 40% will be used for paving and street maintenance, 40% for “non-motorized” projects focused on sidewalks and bike lanes, and 20% will for Climate Action Plan programs and projects related to bus service.

 

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