This blog is cross-posted from a Advocacy Advance blog, and is authored by Brighid O’Keane, a Advocacy and Programs Director during a Alliance for Biking Walking.
This month, adults went to a check and voted on travel list measures. Seventy-three percent of movement measures passed, display – nonetheless again – that electorate wish to see their taxation dollars spent on intelligent travel investments.
As described in Advocacy Advance’s new report, “Success during a Ballot Box: Winning Bicycle-Pedestrian Ballot Measures” some-more and some-more bicycle and walking advocates are pairing adult with movement to grasp success during a list box. As states, regions and cities are looking for internal sources of vicious travel dollars, this is a good appropriation event for multi-modal projects.
Credit: Center for Transportation Excellence
How were biking and walking incorporated in 2013 travel list measures? Here’s how, in 5 communities:
- Tulsa, OK
Tulsa electorate certified a $919M “Improve a Tulsa” collateral alleviation package, that will extend an existent 1.1% sales taxation and a $355M bond. There’s a sum of $23.4 million for “Bicycle/Pedestrian Infrastructure,” many of that is for ADA and sidewalks that will get built in areas where streets are being reconstructed. According to internal advocates, a apportionment that has a many intensity to make thespian changes to a streets is a $4.2 million allocated to a doing of projects from a stirring Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan.
The Advocacy Advance organisation facilitated a Navigating MAP-21 Workshop in Tulsa in February, that enclosed a debate training for internal advocates focused on directing dedicated appropriation from this package towards multi-modal projects. “This is a outrageous victory,” pronounced Stephen Lassiter from Bike Walk Tulsa. “We can do a lot with $4.2 million. we consider we could design to see some poignant changes to a streets in a subsequent 3 years and beyond.”
- Missoula, MT
The bicycle advocacy village was really concerned in a “Friends of a Mountain Line” competition in Missoula. The movement organisation (Mountain Line) recently non-stop a new bike hire during a system’s vital send core and supports will support entrance to a hire as good as racks on buses. Advocates concerned a former Olympic cyclists to assistance with debate outreach.
- Mesa, AZ
The bond magnitude in Mesa, AZ enclosed appropriation for “pedestrian improvements, multi-use route and route improvements, and multi-modal travel improvements” in a ballot language. The city is now certified to emanate and sell over $79M in General Obligation Bonds of a City for a package of travel formulation and improvements.
- Boulder, CO
Voters upheld Measure 2B to account transit, bicycle and walking operations and upkeep by 2019. They also certified Measure 2D, that will start when 2B expires and final by 2039 to account Boulder’s long-term joining to a on-going travel system. Additionally, electorate upheld Measures 2C to replenish appropriation for open space. Together, these 3 measures total $67.2 million over 16 years for biking and walking improvements and upkeep in Boulder. The devise list includes highway diets, wider bike lanes and sidewalks, bike corrals, stable bike lanes and execution of a multi-use route network.
Community Cycles perceived a Rapid Response Grant to support their advocacy efforts as a personality in a bloc that enclosed environmental groups, open space supporters, former city legislature members and county commissioners and a BoulderChamber of Commerce. “The Advocacy Advance extend authorised (us) to concentration courtesy on using this debate and doing all a organizing compulsory to win these list measures,” pronounced Sue Prant, Advocacy Director during Community Cycles. “The vital electoral feat we won is a reverence to a staff’s organizing abilities, and to Advocacy Advance’s really timely appropriation that authorised us to dedicate a resources we indispensable in sequence to win this vital victory!”
- Rome and Floyd Counties, GA
In April, TRED Rome/Floyd, a trails advocacy organisation in Georgia, attended a Winning Campaigns Training to strength out a debate devise to embody a some-more strong route network on a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) ballot. Over a summer, they partnered with a city and a adults cabinet to embody 3.3 additional miles of trails on a devise list, during a pricetag of $1.8 million. With a assistance of a good adults organisation advocating for a whole SPLOST projects, lots of village marketing, and untiring speaking, a SPLOST won in Rome and Floyd County by a small 84 votes final Tuesday. Therefore, once built, trails will bond varying points in Rome and Floyd County.
Planning a list magnitude in 2014? Join a Center for Transportation Excellence’s Six Stops to Success webinar array and examination the Advocacy Advance report for tips for success. CFTE and Advocacy Advance are pairing adult on Apr 15 for a “Going Multimodal during a Ballot Box” webinar.