A proposed new method for communities to help fund bike paths and trails has made its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk by way of Senate Bill 1183, introduced by State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord).
SB 1183 would allow a city, county or regional park district to ask voters to approve a surcharge of up to $5 on motor vehicle registration to be allocated toward improving paved and natural surface trails as well as new and existing bike-ways and maintenance expenses. The surcharge would require two-thirds voter approval to pass.
"SB 1183 gives communities opportunities to improve bike-ways and trail networks in an effort to alleviate congestion," DeSaulnier, who represents the San Ramon Valley, said in a statement last week.
"A study of 35 metropolitan areas in the United States found that for every mile of bike lane per square mile in a city, an additional one percent of the commuting workforce traveled by bike. Upgrading bike infrastructure will help public safety, the environment, and the quality of life in cities across California," he added.
DeSaulnier represents the Seventh Senate District which includes most of Contra Costa County and a portion of Alameda County.
SB 1183 is sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District.
The full text of SB 1183 is available online.