Who’s Running for Mayor in San Diego, and Why It Matters

It is crucial that the incoming mayor in San Diego harness the momentum towards a more liveable city. In 2013, San Diegans repeatedly demonstrated that they wanted liveability: DECO Bike Share passed unanimously and $200 million was front-loaded to SANDAG’s bicycle projects, which was the largest investment committed to bike infrastructure in the state. The […]

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Caltrans Looking to Join Push for Better Bikeway Standards

Despite the demand for better bikeways protected from speeding traffic, Caltrans’ design rules prevent local governments from building the best possible designs. But that is changing. We are working directly with the Governor’s appointed Transportation Secretary and enjoying a new mindset at Caltrans whose Director Malcolm Dougherty is cooperating with our work to reform those […]

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Join us on California’s Climate Ride!

It’s not too late to join Team CalBike on Climate Ride California, an epic 4-day pedaling adventure from San Francisco, up the coast and through wine country to Sacramento from May 17th to 20th. After the ride, CalBike is organizing Bike Advocacy Day, when advocates from all over the state can join the climate riders […]

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AB 1193 passes committee

CalBike’s bill to encourage cycle tracks in California passed its first committee test today. AB 1193, authored by Phil Ting, would explicitly add a “class 4 cycle track” to California’s bikeway typology and require Caltrans to come up with standards for such facilities. Its passage by the Assembly Transportation Committee on a 9 to 2 […]

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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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Biking doubles in last seven years in San Francisco; but so do crashes

What happens when bike infrastructure doesn’t keep pace with ridership growth? San Francisco is finding out. New counts by the Municipal Transportation Agency point to a 96% increase in biking since 2006, but contrary to the “safety in numbers” phenomenon that usually occurs with increased ridership, injuries and fatalities in San Francisco are also increasing, […]

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The State of Washington to Lead on Complete Streets

American residents have limited public space where they can socialize, walk, and bike safely. Streets make up 80% of public space in the US, which is rarely designed with pedestrians or bicyclists in mind. The Washington State Department of Transportation just took a huge step forward by officially endorsing the Urban Street Design Guidelines. The […]

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New Years Better Bikeways Update

CalBike’s Better Bikeways campaign for safer design standards is on the verge of a breakthrough in 2014. With the leadership of Assemblymember Phil Ting and the support of Senator Mark Leno, we’re proposing legislation that would require Caltrans to update its bikeway standards to include minimum safety criteria for protected bikeways or “cycle tracks.” AB […]

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My personal plea for legislative change

It was October 20th, 2013 and I was in a wonderful post-brunch stupor. My partner and I rode in file down San Pablo, just out of the door zone when a person I’ve fondly nicknamed the Mazda Maniac went into a testosterone- and ignorance-induced rage. After yelling and honking at us he zoom-zoomed past, only […]

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Influencing the Active Transportation Guidelines

The California Bicycle Coalition is representing local advocates and bicycle programs as we advise the California Transportation Commission on the guidelines for the new Active Transportation Program. The ATP replaces five other funding sources for which bike projects were  eligible and represents a 35% increase in funding for biking and walking projects. This spring $130 […]

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