For Immediate Release – 10 Reasons Why California is Becoming Best to Bike
For Immediate Release – March 12, 2015
Re: 10 Reasons Why California is Becoming Best to Bike
Sacramento CA – Yesterday Outside Magazine named California as the best state for Road Biking in 2015 as part of their annual Best of Travel 2015 awards celebrating the destinations, travel providers and gear that inspire people to participate in an active lifestyles. Here are 9 more reasons the California Bicycle Coalition believes California is becoming the best place to bike:
2. Advocates of the Year: Yesterday the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition beat out 12 competitors to win the Advocacy Organization of the Year award at Tuesday night’s Advocacy Awards ceremony, presented by the Alliance for Biking & Walking in Washington D.C.
3. We’re Moving Up the Ranks: California has jumped from #19 to #9 in Bike Friendliness in one year (2014) ranked by the prestigious League of American Bicycling bike-friend criteria.
4. Collaboration + Accomplishment: The California Bicycle Coalition and its 18 affiliate member organizations across the state have worked tirelessly with lawmakers to put the policies and laws in place to make California safer for everyone to ride. Recent wins include the “Three Feet for Safety Act” and the “Protected Bikeway Act.”
5. Ridership is Up: Bicycling has increased throughout California, nearly doubling statewide with impressive increases locally including 356% growth in Santa Monica between 2000 and 2012.
6. Investment Statewide: California’s Active Transportation Program (ATP) is the largest state fund for biking and walking of its kind in the nation. From its first call for projects in May 2014 The California Transportation Commission has adopted 265 projects using $368 million in ATP funds – many of these are for innovative bike infrastructure and programs.
7. Investment Locally: Local voters have supported massive investments in bicycling, putting $1 billion in sales tax funding in Alameda County, $200 million in ten years in San Diego County and 20% of all local funds in San Luis Obispo.
8. Celebrating Bike Culture: “Open Streets” events are expanding across the state with new events coming online this year in Sacramento, Silicon Valley and Long Beach with L.A.’s Ciclavia continuing to set the pace as the largest open street event in the nation.
9. Bringing in Bikeshare: Bike share has come to California with a successful programs in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. Plans are underway to expand the Bay Area Bike Share and install new systems in Santa Monica and Los Angeles.
10. It’s Getting Safer: Injuries for bicycling have dropped 42% and fatalities 35% in California between 2000 and 2012 according to the CHP and Caltrans.
The California Bicycle Coalition continues its ambitious agenda to advocate and collaborate for the laws, policy and programs that will make healthier, safer, and more prosperous communities for all Californians. In 2015, working with Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Bike East Bay and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, the California Bicycle Coalition is proposing a bill that would allow a ticket diversion program for bicyclist to get education rather than a fine. Working with the California Transportation Agency we plan to expedite the construction of complete networks of protected bikeways, not just piecemeal lanes. This April we’ll host Bicycle Advocacy Day in Sacramento and this October our third “California Bicycle Summit” with a special focus on equity. Learn more at CalBike.org.
About the California Bicycle Coalition
CalBike enables more people to bicycle for the health, safety, and prosperity of all Californians. We envision millions of people riding bikes every day in California with networks of safe streets and paths conveniently connect every destination. Our goal is to double the amount of bicycling in the Golden State by 2017 and triple it by 2020.
Calbike’s membership coalitions across the state include: Bike Bakersfield, Bike East Bay, Chico Velo Cycling, Inland Empire Bicycle Alliance, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Napa County Bicycle Coalition, People Power of Santa Cruz County, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition, Shasta Living Streets, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and Walk & Bike Mendocino. In 2013 CalBike launched the Women on Bikes California initiative. Learn more at calbike.org.