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- Reinventing Our Streets
- A Change Will Do Us Good
- Bikes Don't Grow on Trees
- What does it take to make these changes?
- Driving How We Get Around
- Radical Idea: No Park
- 10 Cities with "Street Environments" Worth Striving For
- Pedestrian Mall Madness
- Asking for Alfresco
- The Car As a Guest
- Making Public Transportation Attractive
- Rules of the Road
- Taking it to the Streets
- "I've never seen that. I hate it."
- Get this Show on the Road
- Where the Money Comes From
- Success Story #1
- Success Story #2
Where the Money Comes From
a quick list of some funding options
The City of Eau Claire has an annual budget for capital improvement projects and street maintenance, but a roadway vision above and beyond the norm may require additional funding streams.
FEDERAL & STATE
Community development block grants – a program that, in part, can cover infrastructure development
Grant monies – there’s too many out there to begin to cover, but we gotta dig to find them and spend the time to apply for them
SAFETEA — The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act allows cities the flexibility in allocating federal road funds to pedestrian, bike, transit, and community-oriented work
Improvement districts – Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) involve businesses paying additional taxes or fees to fund improvements in the area, and Tax Increment Finance Districts (TIFs) use future gains in taxes to finance current improvements.
Wheel taxes – a locally proposed idea that would impose a charge per vehicle, the funds of which could be dedicated to roads
Bike registration fees – another city-imposed taxation option, this time per bicycle, the funds of which could go straight to bike-friendly infrastructure
In-kind services – we could pay for different elements without digging into the budget by trading for goods and services
Private donations – if non-profits can do it year-in and year-out, why can’t we give it a shot?
Adoption and own-a-piece programs – Individuals taking responsibility for the upkeep and improvement of a piece of the community.
“Less and less public money is available these days, especially for those improvements categorized as ‘quality of life’ — that is, the ones that enhance our day-to-day experience of living in and being part of a community. It will probably take more than one source of funding to make a vision of place a reality, plus some sustained and creative digging to come up with other sources of support.”
– Project for Public Spaces
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