Finding state money for bicycling infrastructure


Last week we turned a dubious bill into a good one.

Assembly Bill 1989, authored by San Bernardino Assemblymember Wilma Amina Carter, would have levied a $2 fee on every new bike to pay for bike trails in state parks.

While meeting with Carter to express our concerns about the basic inequity of taxing only bike retailers to fund mixed-use trails, CBC lobbyist Will Gonzalez convinced her to amend the bill in much bolder direction. Carter agreed to replace the levy on new bikes with a $1 fee on motor vehicle registrations for the purpose of building bikeways anywhere, not just in state parks.

The bill is a long shot, but a great victory if we win it. If every jurisdiction were to levy this fee, it would generate $25 million a year for bicycling statewide.