16 Days to Win Bikeway Funding
The legislative session is in the home stretch: all bills must be passed and headed to the Governor for signature by September 11. Members also hope to wrap up two key negotiations that could mean a big increase in funding for bikeways: the first is the “extraordinary session” currently underway to consider a proposed $4 to 6 billion in new transportation revenue; the second is a budget deal on how to allocate 40 percent of Cap-and-Trade expenditures. Your California Bicycle Coalition has been in the Capitol every day for the past few weeks, attending dozens of meetings with legislators, the Governor’s office, and other transportation stakeholders to push for both deals to include bikeway funding. Working with our allies, we have developed a strong proposal for the extraordinary session to ensure that complete streets are constructed as part of any significant roadway maintenance project and that a portion of the new revenue generated also goes to the Active Transportation Program (ATP). In the Cap-and-Trade negotiations, key members have assured us that our proposal for an increase of $25 million to the ATP is still a top priority. Together these two proposals amount to a $125 million boost to the ATP — a doubling in its scope. While many legislators have pledged to push for bikeway funding in the final weeks of the session, we will keep the pressure on until the final votes have been tallied! A total victory in both these negotiations could mean that state funding for bikeways would more than double—but it’s also possible that we’ll come out empty-handed.