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In 2022, voters directly approved $4.2 billion in new funding for bike projects supported by PeopleForBikes - and billions more in matching funding sources. In 2023, states and municipalities across the country continued to vote on measures that provided 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!

Total New Ballot Funding for Bikes Approved since Jan. 1, 2023: $2.2 billion

*Dollar amounts below may not reflect the full bond value or projected revenue of a measure, since we try to identify the portions of a measure most directly relevant for safe and accessible biking.

PeopleForBikes recognizes the important work of the Trust for Public Land in compiling their LandVote Database of relevant ballot measures for preserving natural areas, helping alert us to several of the measures below that are relevant for biking.

Know an upcoming measure that isn't on this list? Email ashley@peopleforbikes.org to let us know.

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Alaska

Anchorage - Proposition 2 - $945,00 - April 4 - PASSED!

Various propositions on the April ballot would increase funding for safer infrastructure for those biking and walking. If approved, Proposition 2 will allocate $945,000 through a general obligation bond to fund school zone safety improvements and safety upgrades to transit facilities and bus stops. This proposition needs support from a majority of voters to pass.

Anchorage - Proposition 6 - April 4 - PASSED!

If approved, Proposition 6 will create the Chugach State Park Access Service Area, which includes several miles of bicycle trails. This creation would give voters the ability to submit and approve future measures to fund specific projects in the service area. This proposition needs support from a majority of voters to pass.

Anchorage - Special Election Proposition No. A - $3,950,000 - April 4 - PASSED!

If approved, Proposition A will allow Anchorage to issue a general obligation bond and raise taxes to support trail rehabilitation and needed improvements to recreational facilities. The property tax cap would increase by approximately $1.58 per person annually to pay for the bond and fund maintenance and operation costs. This proposition needs support from a majority of voters to pass.

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Colorado

Colorado Springs - Resolution No. 03-23 (Trails, Open Space, and Parks Tax) - $240 million over 20 years - April 4 - PASSED!

Resolution No. 03-23 will extend Colorado Springs’ 0.1% sales tax until 2045. Voters have the chance to continue this revenue source of about $9.5 million annually for trails, open space, and parks (TOPS). 40% of the funds will be dedicated to parks and trails, with most of the remaining 60% dedicated to acquiring open space. Since its inception in 1997, TOPS funding has built or improved 67+ parks and constructed 53+ miles of urban trails. The current TOPS tax will expire in 2025.

Denver - Referred Question 2O - Redevelopment with Bicycle Access - April 4 - FAILED

If approved, Referred Question 2O would have lift a conservation easement on the Park Hill Golf Course property that currently mandates the land be used as a golf course. A Yes vote would allow mixed-used (both commercial and residential), mixed-income development on the land, which is located along two high-frequency transit corridors, as well as the creation of a new regional park. The developer has also committed funding for design and construction of the 303 ArtWay Heritage Trail, a community-driven plan for a bicycle and pedestrian pathway connecting key destinations in the Park Hill neighborhood. A legally binding Community Benefits Agreement between the developer and a coalition of community partners provides accountability measures to ensure the developer lives up to their commitments. If 2O does not pass, development will not happen and there is not a clear path forward for the defunct golf course to be converted into a park. We are grateful to our partners at the Denver Streets Project for their thoughtful work around this issue.


Louisville - Parks & Open Space Funding - $3,600,000 over 10 years - November 7 - PASSED!

This measure will increase the current sales tax from 0.375% to 0.5% to fund trail construction and maintenance, open space operations and maintenance, fire mitigation, park operations and maintenance open space acquisitions and conservation.

Boulder County - County Issue 1A (Open Space Sales and Use Tax Extension and Revenue Change) - $60,000,000 over 15 years - November 7 - PASSED!

This measure will renew the existing 0.05% countywide sales and use tax for fifteen years. The funds would be used for the purpose of acquiring, improving, managing and maintaining open space lands and other open space property interests.

Grand County - Measure 1A - $67,000,000 - November 7 - PASSED!

Measure 1A will expand the current Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Fund sales tax to 0.3% and expand its usage to include; Operational costs to non-profit funded purposes; Wildfire mitigation and prevention; Water quality and river restoration projects; Maintaining and creating hiking, biking and multi-use trails. To learn more about the OLRT Fund, click here.

Wheat Ridge - Measure 2J - $75,000,000 - November 7 - PASSED!

Measure 2J will und $75M for sidewalks, safe crossings, bike lanes, and improved drainage. This funding would benefit riders throughout the City of Wheat Ridge by making roads safer and improving bike infrastructure. 

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Georgia

DeKalb County — SPLOST II Referendum — $9,300,000 — November 7 — PASSED!

The Countywide SPLOST II referendum for DeKalb County, and the Cities of Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkson, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stonecrest, Stone Mountain and Tucker will fund transportation improvements for roads, streets, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and sidewalks.

Coweta County — SPLOST Referendum — $12,650,000 — November 7 — PASSED!

The SPLOST referendum will fund pedestrian/bicycle projects such as the next phase of the LINC Trail expansion, Kiwanis Fairground mountain biking/hiking trails, and adding a new Prowell Park in Sharpsburg with mountain biking/hiking trails.

Woodstock — General Obligation Bonds — $24,000,000 — PASSED!

This general obligation bond will parks and recreation, including funding maintenance for trails and bicycle lanes. 

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Idaho

Kootenai County — Open Space and Park Development Bond — $50,000,000 over 20 years — November 7 — FAILED

If approved, the Open Space and Park Development Bond would fund the acquisition of public open space for scenic and recreational purposes and development for public use. Included in this, the bond would fund new recreational trail systems, open space play areas, dog parks, areas for farmers markets and other recreational opportunities imagined by Kootenai County residents. In addition, the bond would connect existing recreational trail systems by acquiring parcels that will aid in linking existing systems including the North Idaho Centennial Trail, Prairie Trail, Highway 41 and Highway 95 trails.

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Massachusetts

Danvers — Community Preservation Act — $8,500,000 over 10 years — May 2 — FAILED

If approved, this ballot measure will fund outdoor recreation and various open space projects, meaning more and better maintained green spaces for riding! If passed, it is expected to raise $850,000 annually and also fund community housing and historic preservation. The measure will also unlock annual distributions from a statewide CPA trust fund that matches 30-40% of locally raised revenue. 

Shirley — Community Preservation Act — $840,000 over 10 years — May 2 — PASSED!

If approved, this ballot measure will fund outdoor recreation and various open space projects, meaning more and better maintained green spaces for biking. Passage would raise $84,000 annually and also fund community housing and historic preservation. The average Shirley single-family homeowner would pay an additional $39 in property tax every year. The 1% surcharge does not apply to the first $100,000 in residential or commercial property value, and low-income homeowners are exempted. The measure will also unlock annual matching distributions from a statewide CPA trust fund that matches 30-40% of locally raised revenue.

Harvard — Community Preservation Act — $2,859,000 — May 9 - PASSED!

If approved, this ballot measure will fund outdoor recreation and various open space projects, meaning more and better maintained green spaces for biking. Passage would raise $2,859,000 for projects that support the local community and bike riding.

Duxbury — Community Preservation Act — $8,902,000 — May 25 - PASSED!

If approved, this ballot measure will fund outdoor recreation and various open space projects, meaning more and better maintained green spaces for biking. Passage would raise $8,902,000 for projects that support the local community and bike riding.

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Montana

Billings — Parks, Recreation and Trails Bond 2023 — $4,600,000 over 20 years — FAILED

If approved, the Parks, Recreation and Trails Bond of 2023 would have provided funds for 16 different project sites across the City of Billings to enhance park sites and recreation opportunities across the entire city. Of the $142 million bond, $4.6 million of these funds would be allocated towards the improvement and the contstruction of new trail projects and trail connections that would support bike riding throughout the community. 

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New Jersey

Robbinsville Township — Open Space Trust Fund — $5,761,300 — November 7 — PASSED!

The Open Space Trust Fund will fund the acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, maintenance of lands acquired for recreation and conservation purposes, historic preservation of historic properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects, and the acquisition of such properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects for historic preservation purposes, Blue Acres projects, or payment of debt service on indebtedness issued or incurred.

Howell Township — Open Space Trust Fund — $16,907,649 — November 7 — PASSED!

The Open Space Trust Fund will fund the acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, maintenance of lands acquired for recreation and conservation purposes, historic preservation of historic properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects, and the acquisition of such properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects for historic preservation purposes, Blue Acres projects, or payment of debt service on indebtedness issued or incurred.

Clifton — Open Space Trust Fund — $10,600,000 — November 7 — PASSED!

The Open Space Trust Fund will fund the acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, maintenance of lands acquired for recreation and conservation purposes, historic preservation of historic properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects, and the acquisition of such properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects for historic preservation purposes, Blue Acres projects, or payment of debt service on indebtedness issued or incurred.

Carlstadt — Open Space Trust Fund — $1,325,000 — November 7 — PASSED!

The Open Space Trust Fund will fund the acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, maintenance of lands acquired for recreation and conservation purposes, historic preservation of historic properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects, and the acquisition of such properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects for historic preservation purposes, Blue Acres projects, or payment of debt service on indebtedness issued or incurred.

Franklin Lakes — Open Space Trust Fund — $2,250,000 — November 7 — FAILED

If approved, the Open Space Trust Fund would have funded the acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, development of lands acquired for recreation and conservation purposes, maintenance of lands acquired for recreation and conservation purposes, and payment of debt service on indebtedness issued or incurred by the municipality.

Oakland Borough — Open Space Trust Fund — $3,005,418 — November 7 — PASSED!

The Open Space Trust Fund will fund the acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, maintenance of lands acquired for recreation and conservation purposes, historic preservation of historic properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects, and the acquisition of such properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects for historic preservation purposes, Blue Acres projects, or payment of debt service on indebtedness issued or incurred.

Verona Township — Municipal Open Space, Recreation, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund — $239,570 — November 7 — PASSED!

This measure will amend the Municipal Open Space, Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund to increase the rate of the annual levy, from the current maximum of two (2) cents per ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100) of assessed valuation, to three (3) cents per ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100) of assessed valuation that shall be used to acquire lands for recreation and conservation purposes. The Trust Fund can also be used to develop or maintain lands that are acquired for recreation and conservation purposes or used for the acquisition or historic preservation of historic properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects located within the Township of Verona.

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New Mexico

Albuquerque — Streets and Transportation Bond and Parks and Recreation Bond — $62,278,333 over 10 years — November 7 — PASSED!

The Streets and Transportation Bond will fund $50,061,667 for the construction of safer streets and intersections, slower neighborhood speeds, and bike lane and trail construction. Voters additionally will have the chance to vote on a Parks and Recreation Bond. If approved, this bond would fund $12,216,666 to park and trail maintenance and acquisition. More information all the election can be found here.

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New York

Chatham — Community Preservation Fund — $7,554,280 — November 7 — PASSED!

This ballot measure will fund outdoor recreation and various open space projects, meaning more and better maintained green spaces and trails for riding! Click here to learn more about the town's approved community preservation plan.

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Texas

Statewide — Creation of the Centennial Parks Conservation Fund Amendment — $1,000,000,000 — November 7— PASSED!

This measure will create the Centennial Parks Conservation Fund to invest $1 billion in the creation and improvement of state parks. With 700+ miles of paved and natural surface bike trails in state parks, this is a monumental opportunity to epand recreational riding in Texas. A recent report found that Texas state parks need to expand their size nearly twice over by 2030 to meet the needs of residents, due to growing demand and historic underinvestment, and that ~70% of voters support this new investment. The measure is facilitated by two bills (SJR 74 and SB 1648) that successfully passed the 2023 legislative session.

Travis County — Proposition A and Proposition B — $509,500,000 over 20 years — November 7 — PASSED!

Proposition A will fund $233.06 million for road and safety projects including adding sidewalks, shared-use paths, bike lanes and signalization improvements to existing roadways. Voters can additionally vote on Proposition B. If approved, this measure would fund $276.44 million for parks and green-space projects that may support recreational infrastructure. More information on each measure can be found here.

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Utah

St. George — Trails, Parks and Recreation General Obligation Bond — $29,000,000 over 25 years — PASSED!

The Trails, Parks & Recreation General Obligation (G.O.) Bond will be used to connect trails, upgrade parks, and improve community recreation facilities in the City of St. George to maintain and enhance quality of life. 

Midvale City — Recreation Bond — $6,000,000 — PASSED!

This bond will approve $1.2 million, which will then unlock $4.8 million in federal funding for new dedicated walking and biking paths throughout the City. Midvale City applied for and was awarded a federal RAISE grant to support the creation of dedicated urban biking and walking paths throughout the city.

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Washington

Bellingham — The Greenways 5 Levy — $86,000,000 — November 7 — PASSED!

If approved, the Greenways 5 Levy will replace an existing City of Bellingham levy expiring at the end of 2023. Levy proceeds will be allocated between property acquisition, development, climate resiliency, and maintenance, for greenways, open space, wildlife habitat and corridors, urban trees, parks, park facilities, and trails. Levy proceeds will be used to create an equitable and climate resilient Greenways system consistent with the City of Bellingham Greenways Strategic Plan, Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan, Habitat Restoration Technical Assessment, and Urban Forestry Management Plan. The funds will also be used for administrative and implementation costs incurred by the Greenways program.

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