Help make sure the new money is spent wisely.
After months of negotiations with the Governor’s office, CalBike’s campaign for #betterbikeways is on the verge of celebrating a big victory for bike/ped funding. If the Legislature approves it next month, the newly created Active Transportation Program (ATP) increases funding from about $90 million to about $124 million.
The new program is undefined, however, so we need your help in making sure that the increased funding — still a palty amount compared to the approximately $12 billion total state transportation budget — is spent most effectively. Initial conversations are promising, but your letter to the Secretary of Transportation Brian Kelly will be very helpful.
With the support of UC-Davis researcher Natalie Popovich and the concurrence of the state’s bicycle advocacy organizations, the California Bicycle Coalition has released a detailed policy paper calling for an $8 billion investment in bicycle infrastructure in order to triple the rate of bicycling in the state. The ATP is a good, small, first step toward that goal, and should be approved by the Legislature, but only if it:
Sets a specific goal of doubling cycling in five years and requires a report to the Legislature in three years on how the program is progressing toward that goal;
Provides some large grants of $25-$50 million to incentivize the significant community-wide investments in whole networks of protected bikeways (the cornerstone of our #betterbikeways campaign) necessary to make bicycling accessible to most Californians;
Includes the California Bicycle Coalition and other stakeholders in the development of the program to disperse the Active Transportation Program funds;
Includes a mechanism to grow to at least $300 million right away, and more later.
Continues to support the kinds of projects and attract the kinds of constituencies currently supported by the Safe Routes to School Program and the Bicycle Transportation Account.
Provides funding for staff at the California Transportation Commission to manage the program effectively
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