Capitol Alert

August 21, 2014

Jerry Brown gets bill to OK local fees for bicycle facilities

Californians could vote to tax themselves to build bike paths, bike parking and other bicycle facilities under a bill heading to Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Californians could vote to tax themselves to build bike paths, bike parking and other bicycle facilities under a bill heading to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Senate Bill 1183 would allow cities, counties and regional parks districts to put a measure on their local ballots asking voters to approve an annual fee of up to $5 that would be added to their vehicle registration fees and go toward building or rehabilitating bicycle infrastructure. Two-thirds of local voters would have to approve the fee.

“Bicycle use is going up,” said Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, the bill’s author.

“Building infrastructre will save lives and protect bicycle operators.”

SB 1183 passed the state Senate Thursday with no debate, on a 24-9 vote.

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