Model Policies

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Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative

Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative; 1/3 of state tax on real estate transfers set aside for conservation measures, including creation of trails. Bill and ballot initiative passed. Read about the ballot initiative and other Florida trail project funding in our blog post. Learn more from...

Published on 12/19/16
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative
Topic Area: Environment/Sustainability, Trails, Taxes
State: Florida
Tags: 2014

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California Parks Bond

California Parks, Water, Climate, and Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018. Multi-billion-dollar (final amount undetermined due to amendments) parks bond—subject to voter approval—includes eligibility for trails. Did not pass in 2016, but reintroduced in 2017 for 2018 ballot....

Published on 12/19/16
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative
Topic Area: Parks, Trails
State: California
Tags: Bond, 2016, 2017

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

Clean Ohio: Bond Initiative Creates Hundreds of Millions for Trails, Conservation

First approved by voters in 2000, the Clean Ohio Fund is a $400 million state bond initiative that restores, protects and connects Ohio’s natural and urban places by preserving open space and farmland, improving outdoor recreation and attracting investment and economic development. The program,...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative, Constitutional Amendment
Topic Area: Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Trails, Dedicated Funding
Tags: Bond, 2000, 2008