Achieving gender equity on two wheels

This month I had the life-affirming experience of attending the first ever National Women’s Bicycling Summit in Long Beach. Organized by the League of American Bicyclists, the summit brought together more than 275 women (and not nearly enough men — CalBike’s Dave Snyder was among the few) from around the country to share their stories, […]

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Assembly approves 3-foot passing bill

On Monday, Aug. 27 the California Assembly approved our three-foot passing bill by a 54-24 vote after a raucous debate that took nearly 30 minutes. Next steps for Senate Bill 1464 include a vote — largely procedural — in the Senate to formally concur with the technical amendments made to the bill by the Assembly. […]

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Better bikeway design bill passes the Senate

Assembly Bill 819, authored by Fremont Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, will improve bikeway design in California by requiring Caltrans to implement an experimentation program for new designs. The goal is to develop standards that permit protected bikeways and other safer designs that will attract everyone from the age of 8 to 80 to bicycling. As the primary sponsor […]

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Environmental review exemption for bike lanes goes to Senate

Pending a vote by the California Senate later this month, Gov. Jerry Brown will have the opportunity to sign legislation that will speed up bike lane projects throughout the state. Assembly Bill 2245, authored by Santa Clarita Assemblymember Cameron Smyth, would exempt all bike lane projects throughout the state from environmental review under the California […]

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Bike advocacy focuses on growing the number of women on bikes

The National Women’s Bicycling Summit in Long Beach next month, along with presentations by and about women bicyclists at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place 2012 Conference that directly precedes it, reflect the growing recognition that meaningful increases in bicycle ridership are only possible when we make our streets and roads more accessible for women. […]

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CalBike gathers sign-on letters to preserve safety funding

Despite the reduction in dedicated funding for bicycling and walking safety in the new federal transportation bill MAP-21, as we reported earlier, California can dedicate as much of that money as it wants. In the next few weeks, the State Legislature and the Administration (Caltrans, Business Transportation and Housing and the Governor’s office) will decide […]

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Citywide bike share finally comes to California

  This past weekend in Anaheim saw the launch of the first station in California’s first citywide bike share program, with plans for seven more stations scattered around downtown Anaheim. We applaud the coming of citywide bike share in California and want to see such programs benefit the entire state. Bike share is similar to […]

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Federal transportation bill negates decades of progress

  Three years since the expiration of the last federal transportation funding law, Congress has finally completed work on a new federal transportation bill that largely but not completely guts existing spending programs used by communities to make their neighborhoods safer for bicycling and walking. Now the fight for adequate funding shifts to the state […]

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Temporarily opening streets promises lasting benefits

Here's some pretty cool trivia: California's first open streets event – Car-Free Sundays in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco – took place in 1967, nine years before Bogota, Colombia, introduced the weekly closure of streets to cars for the enjoyment of the bicycling and walking public, dubbed “ciclovias,” that is credited with inspiring many […]

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Federal transportation bill a big loss for safety, jobs

Reposted from America Bikes On Friday, Congress will vote on a new transportation bill that reverses years of progress on biking and walking policy and cuts by 60 to 70 percent funding for local safety projects such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes. For the past 20 years, a modest portion of federal transportation investments […]

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