AB 417 signed, making bike plans easier

Sacramento, CA – Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 417 authored by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) that streamlines the CEQA process for bicycle transportation plans. “AB 417 is a common sense approach to a much needed change,” said Assemblymember Frazier. AB 417 will provide a narrow exemption for bicycle transportation plans in […]

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Bike Crashes and Police Priority

About a month ago Amelie Le Moullac was killed when a truck driver turned right into her path as she was pedaling east on Folsom Street in San Francisco. As usual, the police showed up, called it an “accident” and no charges were filed. As usual, the bicycle advocacy group and loved ones of the […]

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The Active Transportation Program and Why It’s Important

A major victory for CalBike this year has been the increase in funding of the newly-created Active Transportation Program (ATP). Months of negotiations and hard work have resulted in the increase of the ATP’s budget from $90 million to $129 million. California’s transportation budget is $12 billion. Active transportation in the budget is dedicated towards […]

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Give Me 3 – It’s the Law!

We are delighted that after years of diligent work by advocates from across California, Governor Jerry Brown signed the “Three Feet for Safety Act” on September 23, 2013. The bill is part of the Give Me 3 campaign to ensure that California drivers give people riding a bicycle at least three feet of space when […]

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$200 Million for bikes in San Diego

  On October 28, 2011 San Diego’s Regional Metropolitan Planning Agency, SANDAG, agreed to work on an early action program which included implemented bicycle infrastructure projects within the next decade. Last Friday, on September 27, 2013, the SANDAG board unanimously voted to approve $200 million in funding to implement bicycle infrastructure projects within the next […]

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Delivering on the promise of California’s Active Transportation Program

Bicycling and walking will receive a 35% boost in dedicated state funding thanks to a bill just signed by the Governor. The bill restructures pedestrian, bicycle, trails, and Safe Routes to School programs into a single $129 million fund called the Active Transportation Program. The fund represents by far the largest state set-aside for bicycling […]

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What has and has not changed at Interbike

  I just got back from the annual bacchanal of the bike industry, the North American bicycle trade show, Interbike. I always have mixed feelings about the event: it’s not about the bike for me, but about the social change we can make with the bike. I’ve been going for about 20 years and thought I […]

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Governor’s final budget proposal at its final stage

Our goal to increase state bike funding is at a key milestone, with hearings today in the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees about the Governor’s final proposal for the Active Transportation Program. If the committees pass the bill and the Governor signs it, we win a roughly 30% increase in funds set aside for active transportation […]

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Safe Routes to School National Conference Recap

California Senate District 7 is home to suburban bedroom communities such as Dublin, Antioch and Walnut Creek. District 7 is also the beneficiary of over $8,000,000 in Safe Routes to School grants as Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Senate Transportation Committee Chair, learned from advocates Thursday Aug 15. The meeting between DeSaulnier, Safe Routes to School National […]

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Biking because it’s fun

I love it when the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 says that “environmental benefits” aren’t even in the top three reasons why he bikes. I met Jared Blumenfeld years ago when he did an amazing job as head of the SF Department of the Environment. Because he was an everyday bicycle rider, I […]

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