Support better bikeways in 2015

We are proud that our work together this year has made California a better place for bicycling. But sadly, 147 families across California will sit down to their first holiday dinner with an empty seat at the table, because a loved one was killed while riding a bike. That’s 147 too many. Every single fatal […]

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Leah Shahum Stepping Down from the SF Bicycle Coalition

I met Leah Shahum in the late 1990s in Sacred Grounds, a neighborhood cafe, when she overheard a team of bike activists planning the next issue of our newsletter. She introduced herself, said she was trained as a journalist, and asked if she could help. We made her editor. That was the beginning of a […]

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Slowing Cars is Not Bad for the Environment , Governor Says (finally)

Since its inception, the California Environmental Quality Act has considered automobile congestion to have a significantly bad impact on the environment, causing projects that removed a car lane to put in a bike lane would to jump through additional hoops to get approved. Failure to take that requirement seriously enough scuttled the San Francisco Bike […]

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ATP Funded projects have been released

Comment by Dave Snyder The California Transportation Commission (CTC) released the list of projects recommended for funding in the first part of the first cycle of the Active Transportation Program, the only state pot of funding dedicated exclusively to walking and biking. So far, we can draw three conclusions: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) staff can […]

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Budget Deal a bad one for biking

Sacramento lawmakers approved a budget this week that showed no explicit increase for the most efficient transportation investment: bicycling. They did make significant new investments in other elements of sustainable communities — public transit, affordable housing near transit, for example — but they failed to recognize the need for funding to retrofit our streets and […]

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Better Bikeways for All

California became the third state to endorse the NACTO Urban Streets Design Guide in a dramatic announcement in Oakland last Thursday. “We’re trying to change the mentality of our Department of Transportation,” emphasized Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. We congratulate Caltrans for taking this big leap forward in bikeway design. As in most states, California’s “highway […]

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National Bike Summit readies us for California Bike Advocacy Day

Though an unfortunate snow storm grounded planes and kept some delegates away, most of us managed to attend the Women’s Forum and Bike Summit which are part summit, part conference, part lobby day, and part reunion. As usual, I spent most of my time in the hallways in impromptu meetings instead of in the workshops of the summit. After decades of […]

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SSTI review of Caltrans scathing and hopeful

by Dave Snyder I just took advantage of a long plane trip to finish reading this long and thorough review of Caltrans written by the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI). It’s surprising to see such stinging criticism of a state agency commissioned by another agency and it’s hopeful to see a roadmap for transformation of the […]

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We need more experiments not fewer

The strong response to our post about the FHWA’s cancellation of a couple of green paint experiments shows how important these experiments are. We need more experiments, many more. I got great feedback from the Oakland and Long Beach bicycle program staff who first of all had me correct a couple errors. The Long Beach […]

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FHWA cancels some green paint experiments – Opinion

[Below is the original piece. Here is the follow-up. Sorry for the incorrect link.] The Federal Highway Administration has discontinued approval for two experimental treatments in growing use in California: the green-backed sharrow and the so-called “super sharrow” green lane in the middle of a regular shared traffic lane. The “super sharrow” was first brought […]

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