The voluntary gas tax is a self-imposed and self-collected tax established by a group of Davisites. That is to say, they keep track of the gas they use, decide on a rate at which to tax themselves, and donate the proceeds to one of a few non-profit organizations selected by the group. If you'd like to get involved, contact More info on the idea can be found at and at Davis Enterprise Column on Voluntary Gas Tax.pdf


The idea for the tax was brought to Davis by a delegation from Harrisonburg, Virginia that was visiting town to look at the local bike infrastructure in the Winter of 2010.

Past Beneficiaries

Each quarter the group chooses a new set of beneficiaries and each member chooses the beneficiaries to which they will donate their "tax money". Previous lucky organizations have included: * The Davis Bike Collective * The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy * No on 23 * The Birch Lane "30 Bikes for 30 Students" program * The Yolo Basin Foundation * The Environmental Law Alliance