Bikes allowed on BART at all times

Passengers on the Bay Area Rapid Transit’s rail lines will be allowed to bring their bikes on board with them any time of day, starting July 1, for a 5-month trial period. Bikes will be barred from the first three cars and, as usual, barred from trains that are “too crowded.” The vote by the […]

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Assembly passes bill to bring hit-and-run offenders to justice

Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s bill to address the epidemic of hit-and-run offenses is now in the Senate after passing the Assembly with a unanimous vote of 74-0. The legislation, AB 184, provides an additional tool to law enforcement officers investigating hit-and-run offenses by extending the statute of limitations for such offenses to three years from the date […]

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San Francisco Debuts First Bike Counter in CA

San Franciscans had something extra to celebrate on Bike to Work Day this May.  On May 9 the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency unveiled the state’s first bike traffic counter on Market Street, the city’s primary artery for bicycle commuting. First popularized in Copenhagen, their busiest counter records over 36,000 bicycle trips every day.  Recently […]

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Thirty seconds for more bike funding

There are billions of dollars at stake this summer as the legislature decides how to spend cap-and-trade auction revenues. The California Bike Coalition has endorsed the Sustainable Communities for All proposal that would put these funds to use fighting the number one source of climate pollution – transportation – while helping communities throughout California achieve […]

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Action needed to support cycletracks in California

Our bill to legalize cycle tracks in California is headed to its first hearing Wednesday April 24. AB 1193 builds on last year’s AB 819 which required Caltrans to develop an experimental process for cycle tracks and other non-approved designs. In response, they propose to give local agencies the authority to approve exceptions to the HDM […]

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CBAC gets new charter, seeks fresh start

The new charter approved by Caltrans last month promises to envigorate the Bicycle Advisory Committee with new members and more representative discussions. Historically self-appointed, CBAC’s discussions have been dominated by whomever shows up without careful attention to representing the diverse views of bicycling advocates. The new charter will change that, with members appointed by Caltrans […]

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Sonoma Becomes First County to Back Anti-Harassment Ordinance

On March 12, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors took the first step towards adopting the Vulnerable Road Users Ordinance.  Without any further objections, the ordinance becomes law on April 11. Bicyclists and pedestrians who are assaulted and harassed on the road in Sonoma County will soon be able to bring civil suit, providing a […]

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San Diego Repeals Bicycle License Law

The City of San Diego City Council unanimously voted to repeal their bicycle license registration ordinance last month. San Diego is following in a long line of cities that have chosen to abandon a requirement that served little purpose other than to discourage bicycling. While bike license registration was meant to provide police with a […]

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Stop AB 738

AB 738, introduced by Assembly Member Diane Harkey, is a proposed amendment to the Government and Vehicle Codes that would let city agencies and their elected officials avoid any responsibility for an injury they cause to a bicyclist on a roadway if that roadway has a bike lane. This immunity from accountability that Harkin proposes not […]

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Governor’s budget bill not good enough for bicycling

The Governor released the details of his budget proposal in a so-called “trailer bill” that translates their intentions into law. The entire bill is huge, but we’ve extracted the sections most important to bicycling and posted them here for you. We have huge problems with the language in the trailer bill. Our top four concerns […]

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