Capitol Alert

Jerry Brown signs bill for bike lane fee

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would allow local voters to consider a yearly fee on vehicle registrations to build bike lanes, bike lockers and other bicycle facilities.

Without comment, the Democratic governor approved Senate Bill 1183 by Sen Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord. It allows local governments to ask voters to approve an annual $5 fee on their vehicle registrations for bicycle projects. Two-thirds of voters would have to approve the fee.

Legislative analysts estimated the measure will cost the Department of Motor Vehicles about $200,000 to adminmister and could raise millions for local bicycle facilities, depending on how many local jurisdictions approve the fee.

The bill cleared the Legislature on party line votes, with Republicans opposed. Bicycle advocacy groups and the Coalition for Clean Air pushed the bill, but it was opposed by automobile associations and the California Taxpayers Association.