Model Policies

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Minnesota Active Transportation Program

Establishes an active transportation program (ATP) and allocates certain general sales tax revenue for the fund. Subsequently, the ATP was established in the 2017 Omnibus Transportation Bill, and was funded in 2019 with STP funds in 2019. Read the legislation.

Published on 04/27/18
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Cycling, Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Equity, Dedicated Funding, Health, Safety, Trails, Transportation, Taxes, Walking
State: Minnesota
Tags: 2017, Sales tax

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Minnesota Encourages Agency/Government Cooperation on Bikeways

This legislation modifies bicycle traffic regulations, powers and duties as well as transportation department powers and duties related to bikeways and state bicycle routes; also, broadens active transportation program eligibility. Of note is the provision encouraging agencies and governments to...

Published on 04/27/18
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Cycling, Recreation, Walking, Transportation, Trails, Safety, Health
State: Minnesota
Tags: 2018

Success Stories

California’s Active Transportation Program: A Model of Stable, Consolidated Funding

In 2013, California’s Senate Bill 99 created California’s first active transportation program. Earlier in the year, the governor had proposed cuts to active transportation funding. A coalition of advocates—including Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the Coalition for Recreational Trails, the Safe Routes...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Dedicated Funding, Federal Funding, Cycling, Walking, Trails, Transportation
Tags: Safe Routes to School, 2013

Florida: Funding Trails Through Conservation and the Ballot Box

Florida’s history of supporting environmental conservation and recreation dates back to the establishment of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund in 1963. Throughout the years, a number of programs have helped support this important trust fund—and today, Florida seeks to build on the success of these...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative
Topic Area: Environment/Sustainability, Taxes
Tags: Bond, 2014