I want a protected bike lane

Before I ever rode on the street with my 8-year-old, I made sure he practiced a lot in the driveway. Now when we ride together, I’m constantly coaching (and annoying) him — “You’re in the door lane!” I’m confident that in a few short years, I’ll be able to say “Bye! Be back for dinner!” and let him roll off to visit friends.

Still it’s a little scary. He’s my baby, and he’s riding with cars, after all.

Soon it won’t have to be so scary.

The Netherlands didn't become bike-friendly by accident. Scenes like this exist because they built protected bike lanes where they were needed, like California can start to do thanks to AB 1193.

The Netherlands didn’t become bike-friendly by accident. Scenes like this exist because they built protected bike lanes where they were needed, like California can start to do thanks to AB 1193.

 

On Saturday, Governor Brown signed the California Bicycle Coalition’s AB 1193, the Protected Bikeways Act. The law gives local governments the freedom to build bike lanes that are protected from car traffic by a physical barrier, like a planter, curb, post or parked car.

Not mere paint. Actual infrastructure, specific for bikes.

But we need your help! It’s now legal to build protected bike lanes, but most of the people in charge of designing your community have been working with California’s status quo their entire careers. They need a push from grassroots supporters and volunteers like you to actually start building protected bike lanes. Sign our pledge to help bring protected bike lanes to your community.

Forty percent of all trips in the U.S. are under two miles. Protected bike lanes make using a bike a pleasant, practical and safe way to make local trips – including getting children to and from school. Studies in the U.S. and abroad have shown that when communities build bicycle networks with protected bike lanes, bicycle ridership on those streets goes way up, increasing by as much as 50 to 200 percent! And as a result, pedestrian safety improves, car accidents drop, and neighborhood businesses do better.

So please sign our pledge for protected bikeways in your community. We need grassroots support in communities across California to make sure that local policymakers fulfill the incredible potential of our victory.

Thanks for your support!

-Jenn

 

P.S. Protected bike lanes are a powerful tool to serve everyone interested in bicycling, not just the bold and athletic. Let’s build our streets for every child in your community. Sign our pledge today and help parents feel comfortable with their children riding bikes on California streets again.

 

P.P.S You might have already signed our petition to the Governor. Why don’t you go ahead and check? If it lets you sign, you haven’t signed it yet. What can you do if you have? Share calbike.org/protectedbikeways — you can share on Facebook, on Twitter, by email, or any other way you can think of.

 

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