2021 VoteForBikes

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In 2020, voters approved $1 billion in annual funding for bike projects. In 2021, states and municipalities across the country are continuing to vote on measures that if passed, will provide investment in expanding bicycle infrastructure and improving the quality and accessibility of places to ride bikes. If you love bikes, use our resources and make a plan to vote!

Alaska

Anchorage, AK – Parks and Recreational Services Bond – $790,000 annually/$3,950,000 over 5 years – April 6– APPROVED

The Parks and Recreational Services Bond will renovate and rehabilitate trails and parks throughout Anchorage including the construction of a new bike park and youth skills course.

Arkansas

Bentonville, AR – Parks and Recreation Improvement Bond – $1,310,000 annually/$32,750,000 over 25 years – April 13 – APPROVED

Bentonville's Parks and Recreation Improvement Bond will fund improvements to local trails and parks to support activities such as bike riding.

Bentonville, AR – Street Improvement Bond – $6,940,000 annually/$173,500,000 over 25 years  – April 13 – APPROVED

As a part of Bentonville's Master Street Plan, its engineers conducted a city-wide needs study that identified and ranked projects by safety, congestion reduction, bike, and pedestrian movements, economic development impact, cost, and construction duration. These projects were outlined in the Street Improvement Bond, which included many bike projects in the City’s Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan.

Colorado

Grand Junction, CO – Measure 2A – $2,900,000 annually – April 6 – APPROVED

Measure 2A allows for the taxation and regulation of marijuana sales in Grand Junction. Portions of this revenue will be allocated to building, operating and maintaining the city's parks, trails and open space system.

Denver, CO - Transportation Bond - $10,500,000 annually/$63,000,000 over 6 years - Nov. 2 – APPROVED

This transportation bond will fund 46 projects to address transportation safety in neighborhoods, address six miles of sidewalk gaps, construct the first part of the 5280 trail and create 16 miles of new bike lanes.

Louisville, CO - Transportation Improvements Tax - $2,500,000 annually/$50,000,000 over 20 years - Nov. 2 – NOT APPROVED

If approved, this property tax would have funded a number of transportation projects that seek to improve public safety by removing cyclists and pedestrians from high-traffic roadways. The measure also aimed to improve multi-modal transportation options by providing connectivity via bike paths and pedestrian infrastructure.

Colorado Springs, CO - Issue 2C - $11,134,000 annually/$222,680,000 over 20 years - Nov. 2 – NOT APPROVED

If approved, the city would have increased the local sales and use tax dedicated to trails, open spaces, and parks from 0.1% to 0.2% for the next 20 years. These funds would have been used to acquire and maintain parks, open space areas and trails for bike riding. Since 1997, the funding from this tax has been used to preserve more than 7,100 acres of open space, build 25 parks, and constructed close to 50 miles of urban trails. It is estimated that this measure would have resulted in an additional cost of $14 per year for the average household.

Arapahoe County, CO - Issue 1A - $21,170,000 annually - Nov. 2 – APPROVED

This measure will make the Arapahoe County sales and use tax of 0.0025% (one quarter of one percent) permanent, with revenue dedicated to maintaining parks and wildlife areas, local farms, water conservation projects and trails for bike riding – including the implementation of 380 miles of in-street bikeways as proposed in the Arapahoe County Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan.  First approved by voters in 2003, the tax benefits the maintenance and creation of the county’s 70 miles of trails, 168 parks and 31,000 acres of open space. 

Westminster, CO - Open Space Tax - $1,110,000 annually/$22,200,000 over 20 years - Nov. 2 – APPROVED

This measure will extend the current the one- quarter of one percent parks, open space and trails sales and use tax until 2024. This funding will be used to protect, acquire, improve, repair and maintain all city parks, trails, wildlife habitat, open space, parkland, and recreational and other facilities, and provide more opportunities for active recreation for children, youth, adults and seniors.

Castle Rock, CO - Measure 2C - $1,870,000 annually - Nov. 2 – NOT APPROVED

If approved, this measure would have increased the local sales and use tax by 0.1%, which would have cost citizens a penny for every $10 spent in taxable purchase. Town officials estimated the annual revenue to increase by just over $1.8 million, with funds to go directly towards acquiring, developing and maintaining open space and trails for bike riding.

Iowa

Polk County, IA – Letter A (Water and Land Legacy Measure) – $3,250,000 annually/$65,000,000 over 20 years - Nov. 2 – APPROVED

This measure will fund the acquisition and improvement of land for conservation, recreation, or other public park purposes, including improving public access to and the safety of rivers and creeks for floating, boating, and fishing, providing walking, hiking, biking, and water trails in Polk County. The average Polk County property owner will pay an estimated $11 per year if the referendum succeeds.

Massachusetts

Brookline, MA – Community Preservation Act (CPA) adoption – $9,846,952 annually/$49,234,760 over 5 years – May 5 – APPROVED

This CPA will establish a 1% property tax surcharge to fund open space and historic site preservation, new affordable housing and the development of outdoor recreational facilities (including bike trails!) throughout the community.

Maine

Statewide – Question 2 – $1,500,000 annually/$15,000,000 over 10 years – Nov. 2 – APPROVED

This measure will fund $100 million in general obligation bonds for transportation infrastructure projects, including $85 million for highways and bridges and $15 million for rail, aviation, ports, and active transportation. 

New Jersey

Woodcliff Lake Borough, NJ – Open Space Tax – $200,000 annually/$1,400,000 over 7 years – Nov. 2 – APPROVED

This open space tax will fund approximately $200,000 annually to maintain and improve parks and open space areas throughout the borough.

Ohio

Fairfield County, OH – Historical Parks District Tax Levy Renewal – $1,400,000 annually/$14,000,000 over 10 years – May 4 - APPROVED

This levy will be used to maintain and operate parks and attractions, including covered bridges and nature preserves in the district, as well as the acquisition of land for future park projects such as trails for bike riding.

Great Parks of Hamilton County, OH – Parks and Recreation Levy – $20,619,000 annually/$206,197,500.00 over 10 years – Nov. 2 - APPROVED

This measure will be used to preserve greenspace, protect natural resources, resolve critical infrastructure issues and improve parks and facilities such as trails for bike riding. Homeowners in Hamilton County will pay an additional $33.25 per year ($2.77 per month) based on the market value of a $100,000 residential property. $11,385,000 of these funds are necessary for improvements to park infrastructure such as paved Roads, trails, paths and parking lots

Rhode Island

Statewide – State Beaches, Parks and Water Bond – $3,700,000 million annually/$74,000,000 over 20 years – March 2 - APPROVED

This bond will fund $3,700,000 annually for Rhode Island’s state beaches and parks, outdoor recreation, farmland and forested land, water quality and community resilience over the next 20 years — a big win for bicycling and bike riders statewide.

Texas

Irving, TX – Proposition H – $7,830,000 annually/$78,300,000 over 10 years – May 1 - APPROVED

Prop H will fund $7,830,000 annually to for park development, expansion of recreation facilities and the acquisition of additional land for future parks and recreation amenities.

Georgetown, TX – Mobility Bond – $12,800,000 annually/$90,000,000 over 7 years – May 1 - APPROVED

Georgetown’s mobility bond is a 3-cent tax rate increase that will generate an estimated $120 million during the life of the bond. This bond will fund various street and transportation infrastructure projects, including infrastructure for bike riding.

Utah

Summit County, UT – General Obligation Bond – $7,830,000 annually/$50,000,000 over 26 years – Nov. 2 - APPROVED

This measure will fund $50 million to conserve open space and pursue other environmental and recreational projects such as building trails and trailheads. County officials estimated the tax impact will be about $40 per year on a primary home worth $715,000 and about $73 annually for a business or secondary home. This bond is the largest in the county's history.

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