Funding alone won’t make our streets better, if the designs available to engineers and planners aren’t any good. Until 2014, it was essentially illegal in California to build protected bike lanes. In 2014, we changed that, sponsoring the Protected Bikeways Act, legalizing protected bike lanes—lanes that are protected from car traffic by a physical barrier, such as a row of parked cars or planters. These are the kinds of bike lanes have been proven to get hesitant riders to hop on a bike.
We also got the California Transportation Agency to endorse progressive standards for designing great bikeways, making it a lot easier for local agencies to get excellent bike lanes and bike paths built. And in 2015, we pushed Caltrans to include protected intersections, which extend the comfort and safety of protected bike lanes into intersections, in their design guidance for protected bike lanes.
We educate city employees and planners across the state about the new design guidelines, so that they'll have the information they need to plan and build protected bike lanes, protected intersections, and other great design elements that get more people riding.
We educate people around the state about how to actually build great bikeways. We travel around the state training local policymakers and planners about two things: how important it is to build protected bike lanes and connected bikeways; and how to get the money they need to make them a reality. We help communities compete for transportation money to make sure that more of that money goes to bicycling projects like protected bike lanes.
If you're a mayor or local planning department employee who wants to learn more about how to design great bikeways, contact Dave Snyder.