Bicycling for Everyone - California Bicycle Coalition

Bicycling for Everyone

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 Electric bikes solve the problem, but stigma and outdated regulations limit their adoption.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.

From the Blog

Our Campaigns

  • Bike Share for All

    Public bike share systems are a game-changer. They dramatically expand the places one can reach quickly and easily. They are a type of public transit that gives the same mobility as individual private transport, without the public or private costs. They represent an official public statement that bicycling is an important part of our public transportation mix. 

    Bike sharing is very safe. Over 32,000 bikes in 105 municipalities throughout the country have hosted more than... Learn more >>

  • Bike Purchase Incentives

    The California Bicycle Coalition is asking the California Air Resources Board to expand their incentive programs to include the cleanest vehicle of all: the bicycle. 

    The ARB funds the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program and similar state programs to help people replace high-polluting cars with electric cars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they don’t have any programs to encourage bicycle riding. CalBike proposes to change that with a $10 million Bicycle Purchase Incentive... Learn more >>

  • Open Streets

    Here's some pretty cool trivia: California's first open streets event -- Car-Free Sundays in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco -- took place in 1967, nine years before Bogota, Colombia, introduced the weekly closure of streets to cars for the enjoyment of the bicycling and walking public, dubbed “ciclovias,” that is credited with inspiring many similar events throughout the U.S.

    Today, San Francisco hosts Sunday Streets, a series of monthly neighborhood events around the... Learn more >>

  • Promoting E-Bikes

    In 2015, the California Bicycle Coalition sponsored AB 1096 (Chiu) to clarify the definition of electric motor-assisted bicycles (e-bikes) and update the regulations to treat certain low-speed electric bicycles more like regular bicycles, and provide their users with the same health and access benefits that users of bicycles enjoy.

    Status:  AB 1096 was signed by the Governor and is now law.

    Fact Sheets: The following fact sheets were prepared by... Learn more >>

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