A measure by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to allow communities to fund local bike paths and trails is headed to Governor Brown. Senate Bill 1183 opens up a stable funding avenue for local communities to choose to invest in their own active transportation projects.
“SB 1183 gives communities opportunities to improve bikeways and trail networks in an effort to alleviate congestion,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “A study of 35 metropolitan areas in the United States found that for every mile of bike lane per square mile in a city, an additional one percent of the commuting workforce traveled by bike. Upgrading bike infrastructure will help public safety, the environment, and the quality of life in cities across California.”
SB 1183 authorizes a city, county or regional park district to ask the voters to approve a motor vehicle registration surcharge of up to five dollars. This surcharge would require 2/3 local voter approval. The bill requires the local agency to use these revenues for improvements to paved and natural surface trails, including existing and new bikeways and trail networks, and for associated maintenance purposes. Administrative costs are capped at 5% of revenues.
SB 1183 gives communities a new choice and mechanism for supporting local bike infrastructure. Investing in bicycle infrastructure and promoting cycling draws new money to local economies by attracting, residents, visitors, and businesses.
The East Bay Regional Park District is the sponsor of SB 1183.