Before each election, Bike East Bay endorses ballot measures that support transportation, sustainable planning, and bike-friendly public institutions. For the June 5 election, we encourage you to vote:
- Bay Area: Yes on RM3
- Emeryville: Yes on Measure C
- Oakland: Yes on Measure D
- California: Yes on Prop 68
Bike East Bay recommends a “YES” vote on Regional Measure 3 on the June 5 ballot. RM3 is a bridge toll increase to fund needed transit improvements and expand 7-fold our Safe Routes to Transit walking and bicycling program. Bike East Bay spent a lot of time pushing for more bike-ped money in RM3, and overall the plan is 75% transit focused and is endorsed by Transform, Rails to Trails, Safe Routes to School, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. Read more here.
We support Emeryville’s $50 million affordable housing bond, paid for via property tax. Measure C will create affordable local housing and prevent displacement of vulnerable populations in Emeryville, including low and moderate-income households, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities. It will also provide permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness and help low and middle-income households purchase homes and stay in the community. Read more here.
Measure D is Oakland’s bond to provide funding to prevent library closures and extend hours on evenings and weekends to better accommodate students and working families. Oakland’s libraries are super bike-supportive: they have offered a bike mobile in communities, provided programming space and promotion for our bicycle safety education classes, as well as hosting bike fix-ins and the Scraper Bike Shed at MLK Jr Library. Endorsements: League of Women Voters, East Bay Express, all Oakland City Councilmembers. Read more here.
Proposition 68 authorizes $4.2 billion in general obligation bonds for state, regional and local parks and trails, for environmental protection and restoration work and for water infrastructure and flood protection projects. It is the first statewide parks and water bond measure since 2006 when voters approved Proposition 84. Like Proposition 84, it can provide critical funding for planning, designing and building new sections of San Francisco Bay Trail.
Proposition 68 designates $30 million for trail and greenway investments statewide. Bay Trail projects also would be eligible for a portion of the $21.25 million designated for the San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy program of the California Coastal Conservancy and $290 million for Bay Area local and regional parks, as well as the $725 million statewide for parks in park poor neighborhoods. Endorsements: Trails for Richmond Action Committee, Richmond Progressive Alliance, Transform, CalBike