Regional Bike/Ped Funding
Metropolitan Transportation Commission waters down regional bike program
At the April 28, 2004, MTC meeting, Commissioners led by Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, voted to approve a "credit" that would allow counties with a transportation sales tax that dedicates more than 5% to bicycle/ pedestrian modes (Alameda and San Francisco Counties) to spend regional bicycle funds on other transportation projects, including highways. The only two commissioners who voted against the credit were Tom Ammiano and Pamela Torliatt of ABAG. We'll be working with city leaders to ensure that SF takes full advantage of the new regional program to improve bike/ped facilities and does not swap out this money for other projects. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters to their commissioners. Contact our Program Department at 415/431-BIKE x307 with questions.
In 2004, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) updated the Regional Transportation Plan, known as Transportation 2030 or T2030, for short. The T2030 Plan will guide all transportation spending and investment in the Bay Area from 2005 until 2030. In Fall 2003, the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition spearheaded a drive to convince the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to allocate funds to create a new Regional Bicycle/Pedestrian Program as part of T2030. In December 2003, we achieved a historic victory. The MTC Commission voted to approve $200 million in funding (i.e. $8 million per year over the course of the 25-year plan) for the Regional Bicycle/Pedestrian Program. This new funding will help to implement the Regional Bicycle Plan that was adopted by MTC in December 2001, as well as projects to improve pedestrian access and safety throughout the region, such as Safe Routes to Transit for cyclists and pedestrians. At $8 million per year, the amount of funding is very modest relative to the need, but it represents a good start.