Measure B / Measure BB/Vehicle Registration Fee
In November 2000, Alameda County voters approved Measure B, a 0.5% sales tax, to deliver essential transportation improvement and services. In November 2014 voters approved Measure BB which provided for a 30 year extension of the 0.5% sales tax and an additional 0.5% to bring it up to a 1% sales tax. In November 2010, Alameda County voters approved the Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) Program, thereby authorizing the collection of an annual vehicle registration fee starting in May 2011. Funds raised by the VRF Program are for local transportation purposes in Alameda County.
For any questions, contact Public Works at 510-596-4330.
Each year, the City of Emeryville receives approximately:
- $500,000 in Measure BB funding to improve and maintain our local streets and roads
- $50,000 in measure BB funding to construct and upgrade pedestrian and bicycle facilities
- $60,000 in measure BB funding for paratransit assistance to aid in the mobility of seniors and persons with impairments
- $45,000 in Vehicle Registration Fee funding to reduce congestion and vehicle pollution.
Current Measure B / Measure BB / Vehicle Registration Projects
Annual Street Rehab and Preventative Maintenance Project (FY 2019/2020)
Completed Measure B / Measure BB / Vehicle Registration Projects
- 2016 Street Rehabilitation Project - Crack Seal and Digout Repairs
2017/2018 Street Rehabilitation and Preventive Maintenance Project - Phase 1
2017/2018 Street Rehabilitation and Preventive Maintenance Project - Phase 2
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Summary
Pass Through Funds
The City of Emeryville uses Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety funds from the Measure BB tax and Vehicle Registration Fees to support the annual Bike to Work Day event and to install bicycle parking facilities such as racks and lockers; bike fix-it stations; construct and maintain bicycle facilities and improve intersection pedestrian phase timing. These funds help to create a more bike and pedestrian friendly city by providing dependable and consistent revenue for projects.
The following improvements were performed in 2020 using Measure B/BB Direct Local Distribution Funds:
- Sidewalk and curb ramp improvements/repairs for areas that have been identified as being deficient for ADA accessibility.
- Improved striping configurations for the bicycle facilities on 59th Street, 62nd Street, 63rd Street, Doyle Street, Horton Street, and Overland Street. The new striping improvements will include, but are not limited to, re-configuration of bicycle lane transitions at intersections, buffered bicycle lanes, green thermoplastic bicycle facilities, and improved pavement markings for Class 2 and 3 bicycle facilities.
- Every crosswalk that is re-surfaced in the project areas will be re-striped as a continental crosswalk to improve pedestrian safety.
- Pilot Project which includes closure of vehicular traffic on Doyle Street between 61st and 62nd Street. Bollards, striping, and other features will be added to the small block segment to provide a safe route for bicycles and pedestrians only. This new condition was a recommended item from the ‘Bicycle and Pedestrian’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ Advisory Committees. The item was also approved and recommended by the Public Works and Transportation Committee to go to City Council for final approval.
Bike to Work Day
Alameda County Measure B and BB Funds Pedestrian and Bicycle projects and programs. Bike to Work Day is funded in large part by Alameda County’s ½ cent sales tax Measure BB, passed in 2014. Part of these funds go toward bicycle and pedestrian transportation programs, as well as other facilities such as crossing signals. The City of Emeryville sponsors 5 Energizer Stations on Bike to Work Day every year, using a portion of these funds.
City of Emeryville staff organized and staffed the 2019 annual Bike to Work Day event, with a total of 860 cyclists counted. Thirty-eight people staffed four Energizer Station locations, 28 of those volunteers from 11 businesses, the rest being City staff, BPAC and other individual volunteers. Local businesses donated food and gave away prizes, in addition to the Bike East Bay organized gifts and commemorative Bike to Work Day bags.
Mark your calendars for 2020 Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 14h. From 7:00-9:00 a.m., when volunteers will cheer on cyclists at 4 locations with free refreshments and cycling-swag goodies.
Check our bike/pedestrian program page www.emeryville.org/BikePed for the latest on Bike to Work Day 2020.
Measure B/BB funds are also what enable the City to install bike racks when needed around town.
Not Riding Yet?
Many cyclists became bike-commuters on Bike to Work Day, and many have benefited from the free classes offered for novice or experienced cyclists. Many topics are covered, but safety is always center stage. Bike East Bay provides lots of free online videos and FREE classes: https://bikeeastbay.org/NewCyclists. Learn how to bike with your children, secure your bike properly, ride in the rain, haul your stuff and lots more.
Be Ready for any Conditions:
- Always wear a helmet
- At night, dress in light colors, use a white light in front, red in back
- Consider adding a rack and side bag or basket for hauling your stuff
- For no-excuse biking-in-the-rain, consider wearing rain pants, in addition to your rain jacket and hood or helmet cover
Bike to Work Day is organized by Bike East Bay - https://bikeeastbay.com/btwd
For more information on Alameda County Transportation Commission’s other projects supported by Measure B, Measure BB, and the Vehicle Registration Fee please see links below: