Cycle Industry News)
Mark Sutton November 14, 2016
Just prior to the outcome of the US presidential election Americans approved some $4.7 billion in local spend for active travel facilities.
Each region will benefit in different ways, something outlined in a detailed county-by-county analysis by PeopleForBikes.
California, for example, has both wins and losses, with perhaps the most interesting centering on a half a cent sales tax increase in Los Angeles County that will fund the county’s infrastructure for the next 40 years. As part of this plan $3.9 billion is set for cycling infrastructure.
Sadly some districts haven’t been quite so progressive, with Florida voting down $100 million in county-wide funding for bike lanes and traffic calming measures. The proposed 1% sales tax rate for the next 30 years proved too much of a sticking point for voters.
Other success stories include:
- Austin, Texas: $120 million in bike and pedestrian projects, including the progression of a Safe Routes to School program will now move forwards.
- Atlanta, Georgia: Voters in Atlanta decided to move forward with a .4 cent sales tax increase for four years, which looks set to raise $213 million for active travel infrastructure and initiatives. The Beltline Trail and investment in bikeshare are two beneficiaries.
- Rhode Island: A $10 million expansion of the state’s cycling infrastructure looks set to move forward as part of a wider £35 million Green Economy Bond.
- Grand Haven, Michigan: Hot on the heels of new that bike lanes boost property prices, Grand Haven voters voted to add a property tax of 45 cents per $1,000 of valuation for the next 20 years. With around $300,000 estimated to become available annually, this will open up a pot of around $6 million for investment.
- Back to Los Angeles and California’s Measure A will see continued investment in the county’s trail network. Around $94.5 million per year is expected to be set aside for upgrades to the network and new paths.