Senate-House transportation bill to preserve some bike-ped funding

This afternoon a Senate-House committee chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer released a statement indicating that negotiations over a federal transportation bill are close to being concluded. Below is a brief post from Streetsblog DC: Sen. Barbara Boxer just issued the following statement. It confirms that “half of the funds for bike paths and pedestrian walkways […]

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3 days to save biking and walking

We’re currently hearing rumors that Senator Barbara Boxer is ready to cave in to the extremist House leadership and abandon an earlier commitment to protect “Safe Routes to School” and other bicycling and walking safety money in her zeal to get a transportation bill out of the Congressional conference committee. At issue is the bipartisan […]

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Senate votes 27-6 to approve SB 1464

VICTORY!  The California Senate voted 27-6 this morning to approve Senate Bill 1464, our 3-foot passing bill. The debate was short and sweet: Sen. Alan Lowenthal, SB 1464’s author, introduced the bill and urged an “aye” vote. When no other Senators took the floor to debate the bill, the roll was called.  An unprecedented outreach effort that […]

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Three-foot passing bill heads to full Senate vote next week

Senate Bill 1464, our three-foot passing bill, faces a vote by the full Senate next week, possibly on Thursday, May 24. We need your help today to tell Senators why this bill will save lives and help make our roads safer for everyone. SB 1464, authored by Long Beach Sen. Alan Lowenthal, would require drivers […]

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Americans overwhelmingly support federal funding for bicycling and walking

National survey results released today show that 83% of Americans support maintaining or increasing federal funding for bike paths, sidewalks, recreational trails and to support Safe Routes to School programs. The data, released  by America Bikes,  a coalition of national bicycling advocacy organizations,  show that support for federal funding is consistent  across all political affiliations, age groups, regions and […]

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Targeting potential GOP allies to protect federal bicycle funding

  After months of bracing for the worst, bicycle advocates got a very different surprise last week when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 90-day extension of the existing federal transportation bill without continuing to propose an end to dedicated funding for bicycling infrastructure and programs. It's another sign that our collective advocacy efforts […]

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Finding state money for bicycling infrastructure

  Last week we turned a dubious bill into a good one. Assembly Bill 1989, authored by San Bernardino Assemblymember Wilma Amina Carter, would have levied a $2 fee on every new bike to pay for bike trails in state parks. While meeting with Carter to express our concerns about the basic inequity of taxing […]

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Educating lawmakers about better bikeway standards

  On Apr. 12 we held a workshop in the State Capitol to introduce the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide to Caltrans staff and Senate and Assembly transportation committee staff. Part of our campaign to authorize newer protected bikeway designs and other innovations, the workshop was led by Michael Sallaberry, transportation engineer from the San […]

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3-foot passing bill gets unanimous yes vote

  Senate Bill 1464, this year's version of the 3-foot passing bill cosponsored by CBC and the City of Los Angeles, passed in its first Senate hearing on Apr. 17. The Senate Transportation & Housing Committee voted 8-0 to approve the bill. The bill generated little discussion among committee member and no opposition at the […]

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San Diego bike advocate makes bicycling a mayoral campaign issue

  Bicycling has become an issue in the San Diego mayor's race, thanks to the efforts of a singleminded San Diego bike advocate. The city has a vibrant bicycling scene, and none of the four candidates was talking about it before Samantha Ollinger got busy. Late last summer Ollinger, who writes a widely read blog […]

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