November 14, 2017
in Bike Pedestrian
Election Day brought a number of successes to make walking and bicycling safer for millions in cities and counties in Colorado, Texas, Georgia, and Florida. Supported by the American Heart Association, who provided grassroots support and strategic direction, and key community collaborators, including Georgia Bikes in Athens, a Voices for Healthy Kids’ grantee, and volunteers, these successes make it easier for communities to be physically active in a safe and accessible environment. Here’s a brief round-up of this historic progress:
In Denver, population of nearly 3 million, voters said YES to Propositions 2A-2G for improvements to “Denver-structure”-like sidewalks, bike lanes, streets, and road signals with between 66-73% in favor on the various measures. It’ll also make some improvements to fire stations, the zoo, and the popular Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Travis County, TX
In Travis County, which includes Austin and a population of 1.2 million, voters approved Propositions A and B which will provide close to $185 million for needed active transportation projects throughout the county. This funding will help create sidewalks, bike lanes, hike/bike trails, parkland, and recreational facilities.
The Big D passed “a perfect 10”. Propositions (A-J) were approved by voters last week with 62-78% voting yes on the various measures– improving walking and bicycling routes in neighborhoods throughout the city that will make it easier for community members (population of 1.3 million,) to get the physical activity they need to lead healthy, active lives.
Voters in Athens-Clarke County approved by an overwhelming majority a transportation funding ballot measure. The measure will fund $109 million in local transportation projects for 5 years, starting in 2018. Sixty percent of these projects are transit, walking, bicycle, and multi-use trail focused, a benchmark victory for advocates for safer streets, increased connectivity, economic opportunity, and transportation equity in Athens.
Pinellas County, FL
Voters overwhelmingly approved the Penny for Pinellas program for another decade. An estimated 83 percent of voters supported approving the 1-cent-per-dollar sales tax. The program funds long-term, capital infrastructure projects in the areas that matter most, based-on citizens input. County government and Pinellas’ 24 cities will split an estimated $2 billion in revenue from 2020 through 2030. Governments will use the money on an array of projects, such as expanding trail networks, installing sidewalks where gaps currently exist and rehabilitate existing sidewalks to provide safe routes to neighborhoods, schools and other locations, bridge rehabilitation and replacement on existing county bridges to enhance vehicle, walking, and bicycling access with consideration for climate impacts, road improvements, sidewalks, bicycle facilities, and intersection enhancements for safety and traffic flow on county roads that connect employment centers, cities and neighborhoods throughout the community.