Capitol Alert

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.

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.