Our Better Bikeways campaign seeks to win (1) more funding for (2) safer bikeways. California roads need a significant but still very cost-effective retrofit to accommodate the traveling needs of the future, which will include much more bicycling.
1. More funding.
CalBike, with our allies, won a 35% increase in dedicated bike/ped funding when the California State Transportation Agency created the $129 million/year Active Transportation Program. That’s still just a token investment, though, when our estimates indicate that $8 billion is what we need to achieve our goal of tripling bike use in California. To reach $8 billion, still less than 2% of our transportation budget if spread out over 15 years, local governments will have to look beyond the active transportation setasides and allocate flexible funds to bicycle safety improvements. With your help we are campaigning to increase those setasides and strengthen the incentive to match those funds with money from other sources. We are also working to train and encourage local agencies to generate local funds for bicycle safety.
Click here to see the draft funding guidelines for California’s Active Transportation Program.
2. Approve for use in California safer and more protected bikeway designs so that everyone, from the 8-year old child to the 80-year old grandmother, can enjoy bicycling on facilities largely protected from car traffic.
We know that protected bikeways, green bike lanes, and other innovative bikeway designs are necessary to make our streets safe enough to attract significant numbers of Californians to bicycling. Such designs are key to community health and safety and also to economic development. Bicycle-friendly business districts are thriving business districts.
Our campaign won a huge victory this summer when Caltrans announced a new process giving local jurisdictions much more flexibility to design the best possible bikeways, but Caltrans has not communicated that flexibility clearly nor have they shown how local agencies can continue to enjoy design immunity when they employ that flexibility. Most local jurisdictions, therefore, continue to operate under the old rules and Californians remain deprived of the best possible bikeway designs.
Get Caltrans to produce a clear announcement of the new policy. Invest significantly in dissemination of information about the new policy to promote protected bikeways.
Mail information packets with Caltrans’ announcement to the mayors of the 50 largest cities in California and to bicycle coordinators and key Supervisors and City Councillors throughout California. Follow up with phone calls and be available for consultation. We’ll address every concern a local leader may have so that your community will soon see protected bikeways, green lanes, and other modern bikeway infrastructure!
This on-the-ground education and advocacy is essential to the success of our campaign. Caltrans won’t do it, so we have to.
Please support our better bikeways campaign with a donation today.