Our dream is that one day soon, everyone in California will have access to a connected web of quiet neighborhood streets, off-street bike paths, and protected bike lanes, so that they can ride anywhere they need to go—comfortably, safely, and conveniently. Our Bikeways to Everywhere Initiative is bringing this dream to life by advocating in Sacramento and across the state for great design and sufficient funding to create complete bikeway networks.
We’re working to bring Bikeways to Everywhere to all Californians: people who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods damaged by decades of economic neglect; women who face challenges of sexism that suppress their cycling rates to one-third of that of men; the youngest child who is able to pedal, however slowly; and the most aged senior citizen on an adult three-wheeler; people with disabilities that make it hard to walk, but who, with assistance, can pedal; people who have to carry children or cargo on a regular basis and others who need an electric assist; and everyone who will never choose to ride but who will benefit from more of their neighbors doing so.
What does a complete bikeway network mean for people on bikes? It means no more “Bike Lane Ends” signs, leaving riders with nowhere to go. No more need to navigate fast-moving traffic on wide, busy streets. No more stressful intersections with no safe way for a person on a bike to cross. Instead, people on bikes can choose to ride on off-street bike paths, quiet neighborhood streets, and, when the best way to get there is along those busy streets, protected bike lanes. People can choose to ride a bike, and feel comfortable riding wherever they need to go.
Join CalBike today to help us make this dream a reality. Join our email list during Bike Month 2016 for a chance to win a Novara backpack full of bicycle gear (total retail value, $250). Scroll down and enter your email to join our list.