Local bike funding at stake in November election

By Lynette Carpiet

Voters to pass or reject billions of dollars toward bike paths, programs.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — While the final presidential debate before the November election is set to take place tonight, the industry should also be aware of 20 city and local county ballot measures and propositions that are up for votes and could greatly impact funding for bike paths and trails.

In particular, California residents will play a key role in future transportation planning across the state with no less than 11 different ballot measures extending from Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County has the most ambitious proposal with Measure M, which aims to raise the sales tax by half a cent to fund a massive investment in the transportation infrastructure over the next 40 years. The plan includes $3.9 billion in investments for bike infrastructure.

But counties throughout the state are proposing similar half-cent sales tax increases including Contra Costa, Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus County, Ventura County and Sacramento County.

“There’s a lot in California because there’s legislation that allows cities and counties to put measures on the ballot to fund transportation,” said Alex Logemann, state and local policy analyst for PeopleForBikes, …read more

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