CalBike’s mission is to advocate for equitable, inclusive, and prosperous communities where bicycling helps to enable all Californians to lead healthy and joyful lives.
We envision a California where our public spaces, especially our streets, are safe, appealing, and accessible for Californians of every economic status, race, gender, immigration status, or ability;
Where our communities are prosperous, whether rural, urban, or suburban, and all Californians enjoy a high quality of life and freedom from poverty, violence, and oppression;
Where our communities invest in affordable housing safely connected on foot or by bike to the places we learn, work, play, and access healthcare; in convenient and affordable public transit; and in abundant green spaces to cool our streets and provide open space;
Where decisions about transportation in our state are made by those who are most impacted and burdened by our current system and where low-income communities and communities of color no longer bear the greatest burdens of the environmental and public health and safety impacts of transportation;
Where bicycling is loved and appreciated by everyone for its role in supporting prosperity, health, safety, and joy that all Californians benefit from, and our streets are full of bicycles.
Strategic Goals 2017-2022
1. Prioritize underserved communities in transportation spending and policy decisions
Win explicit priority for low-income communities and communities of color in state transportation spending. Win a set-aside for community needs.
Improve decision-making at the state, regional, and local levels through more transparency and more democratic representation. Improve and reform the California Transportation Commission and related bodies.
2. Improve the built environment for biking, walking and transit
Increase funding for biking and walking networks. Win new funding programs, strengthen and expand complete streets policies.
Change design practices to encourage biking and walking. Make protected bike lanes the new normal. Get Caltrans to publish a world-leading bike and pedestrian design guide.
Expand access to bikes. Make high-quality bikes including e-bikes affordable for more people. Expand bike share to all regions and make it accessible to all communities.
3. Change our transportation policies to support an equitable, environmentally sustainable, and safe future
Reduce vehicle miles traveled by 30% by 2022. Equitably reduce subsidies for driving.
Ensure that the impact of autonomous vehicle networks is to increase walking and bicycling and affordable, equitable, and safe public mobility. Advance smart regulations.
Reform enforcement as a safety strategy. Advance automated speed enforcement. Support community-based approaches that counter racial profiling. Improve district attorney treatment of violations. Reduce tickets issued against people walking and biking.
Increase bicycling especially to support economic prosperity and sustainability. Support community bicycles shops for neighborhood empowerment and job skills development. Encourage bicycle tourism especially in economically deprived areas.
4. Strengthen the power of the transportation justice movement
Coordinate and strengthen a network of local, regional, and state organizations dedicated to transportation justice. Be a follower, an ally, and a leader as appropriate, with diverse organizations.
Strengthen local partners. Share best practices. Provide trainings and technical support. Develop a bicycle awareness license plate to fund local organizations.
Elect allies to office. Recruit qualified candidates. Activate the CalBike PAC.
Support increased education and encouragement as an opportunity to strengthen advocacy. Increase funding for advocacy-oriented outreach. Encourage and support more diversion programs. Continue support for youth education and organizing.