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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, Measure A would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this bond would fund repairs and maintenance across the Oakland Unified School District, including the creation of bike infrastructure.

Colorado

Denver, CO – Climate Sales Tax – $36,000,000 annually – Nov. 3 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this ¼-cent sales tax increase would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, the Conservation Collier program would be renewed. This program helps preserve environmentally sensitive areas that include trails for bike riding.

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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would establish a 1% property tax surcharge to crate 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would 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.

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.
Washtenaw County, MI – Land Preservation Millage – $4,400,000 annually/$44,000,000 over 10 years – Nov. 3 (A possible win for bikes!)
If approved, this measure would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, Douglas County will increase it’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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this tax would fund the maintenance and improvement of parks and trails and conservation of natural resources, wildlife habitat, streams and natural areas.

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 neighborhood greenways.

Portland, OR – Park Tax – $48,000,000 annually/$240,000,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this tax could fund trail maintenance, programming and community partnerships throughout Portland.

Texas

Austin, TX – Prop A – $473,333,333 annually/$7,100,000,000 over 15 years – Nov. 3 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, Prop A would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this safe mobility bond would 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.

San Antonio, TX – 1/8 Cent Sales Tax – $38,500,000 annually – Nov. 3 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this tax would help fund transit and mobility systems that keep San Antonio moving, including bike share systems.

Hays County, TX – Parks and Open Space Bond – $15,000,000 annually/$75,000,000 over 5 years – Nov. 3 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this bond would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, Prop B would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this parks bond would 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 (A possible win for bikes!)

If approved, this measure would 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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