Our Bicycling For Everyone Initiative implements the second strategy in our Strategic Plan: make bicycling mainstream. While our Bikeways to Everywhere initiative works to remove the barrier of unsafe streets, this initiative seeks to remove the many other barriers that prevent bicycling from becoming mainstream among all of California's diverse people. Some of these barriers are cultural: decades of racist disinvestment in communities of color, sexist assumptions about gender roles and abilities, and disenfranchisement among low-income people. Others are physical: long travel distances, physical disabilities. The four projects under our Bicycling for Everyone Initiative reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion while working to make bicycling mainstream for everyone.
Bike sharing is one of the most important ways to expand bicycling to the mainstream. However, current bike share systems are much too small to make the desired impact and the business model results in inequitable distribution of bike share systems that serves more privileged communities only. Our Bike Share for All project seeks to expand bike share to every community in California, with a priority for disadvantaged communities and accessible, affordable pricing.
California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program subsidizes the replacement of gasoline-powered cars with electric cars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it's accessible only to people who can afford cars and the cleanest vehicle of all, the bicycle, is not included. Our Bike Purchase Incentives campaign will direct a small portion of the state's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to subsidize half the cost of a "transportation bicycle," up to $500 for regular bikes and $1,000 for electric bicycles, and direct the bulk of the funds for lower- and middle-income households.
In crowded urban areas with too little open space, Open Streets events attract millions of Californians to their streets for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. CalBike supports the expansion of Open Streets events throughout California.
Some trips are too long, or on streets too hilly, or with cargo too heavy (like children) for regular bikes to meet the need. Electric bikes solve the problem, but stigma and outdated regulations limit their adoption. CalBike works to change that.