Petition the Governor

Brown’s 2013-2014 budget proposal is risky for the future of bicycling. It consolidates a number of current bike and ped funding sources into one ambiguous “Active Transportation Program.” Is this a step forward — an efficient way to get more bang for the few measly bucks we’re spending on bike infrastructure? Or a step back? […]

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CalBike works to protect bicycle funding

Brian Annis had never seen such an assembly of leaders for bicycling and walking in his 24th floor conference room before. CalBike was there, along with a half dozen of our allies, to give our perspective on transportation funding before the governor releases his budget proposal in January. Annis, Deputy Secretary for Transportation at the […]

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No on Prop 33

  Why would a bicycle advocacy group oppose Proposition 33, an automobile insurance initiative?   Because if Proposition 33 passes, those of us who have found a way to avoid car insurance costs would be punished by paying higher rates if we choose to own and insure a car again. That’s precisely the wrong policy to enact when so many […]

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California’s new protected bikeways law could get a boost from new research

  As Caltrans implements a new CalBike-sponsored law that will help accelerate the construction of protected bikeways throughout California, new research from Canada shows that bikeways that provide even a little protection from adjacent vehicle traffic can cut bicyclist injuries significantly. Last month Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 819, a bill sponsored by CalBike […]

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CalBike produces draft mission and vision

MISSION STATEMENT: The California Bicycle Coalition inspires more bicycling by harnessing the skill, knowledge, passion and power of people and partner organizations to change law, policy, practice, culture and individual behavior. VISION STATEMENT: Millions of Californians and visitors bicycle every day on safe and lowstress streets and paths. These bustling bikeways, attractive to people of all […]

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Governor vetoes SB 1464, citing new concerns about liability

We’ve learned from Sen. Alan Lowenthal this afternoon that Gov. Jerry Brown plans to veto SB 1464, our 3-foot passing bill. According to Lowenthal’s office, the Governor will argue that the provision of the bill that legalizes the common practice of crossing a solid double-yellow centerline in order to pass a bicyclist with at least […]

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Waiting for Brown to act on our 3-foot passing bill

As of this morning, we still don’t know what Gov. Jerry Brown will do with our 3-foot passing bill, Senate Bill 1464. He has until Sunday, Sept. 30 to do one of three things: sign it into law, veto it, or do nothing and let it become law without his signature. When he vetoed our 3-foot […]

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Advocates run for public office

With barely six weeks to go before the November election, voters in two California cities will have aunique choice. They may just elect Micah Posner, former executive director of People Power, the local bike advocacy organization in Santa Cruz, and Bob Smith, founder of Bike Bakersfield, to city council seats in their respective cities. Active […]

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Sonoma County considers anti-harassment protection for bicyclists

In the wake of a vicious vehicular assault against a bicyclist in the Sonoma County community of Oakmont, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition has urged the county and each of its nine cities to adopt bicyclist anti-harassment ordinances. CalBike supports the coalition’s efforts to protect and empower vulnerable road users. The proposed ordinance is modeled after a similar ordinance adopted last year in Los Angeles, […]

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Los Angeles wins approval for highlighted sharrows

This past month, the Bikeways Department for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced their pilot project approval to experiment with highlighted sharrows. Also called greenback sharrows, these pavement markings have a square of green paint around the sharrow, contrasting with the street’s pavement and increasing its visibility to drivers and bicyclists alike. The department plans […]

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