Students should spend their time and energy focusing on school—not worrying about the cost of getting there.
Help California's students get to and stay in school by supporting the Transit Pass Program.
AB 17 would give free or reduced-fare transit passes to middle, high school, and college students all over the state, helping everyone to share in the advantages of an education.
Low-income students across California need your help to get to school!
Legislation Update: AB 17 is on the Governor's desk! Tell Gov. Brown to sign AB 17 and help all our students get to and stay in school.
Investing in student transit programs is an investment in our future. Besides elevating the lifelong potential of our students, these programs can help to improve our transit systems, create lifelong transit users, reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion, and reduce strain on low-income families.
We'll update this space as the legislation hopefully moves forward, so sign up for our advocacy updates below to stay in the loop and stand up for students.
Take action to support healthy, safe, and accessible routes to school.
The most dangerous place on the road for a person on a bike? The intersection.
Almost all street intersections in California pose as a safety threat to people on bikes. The longer it takes for a person on a bike to pass through an intersection, the greater likelihood that they’ll get hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Assemblymembers Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced AB 1103 to allow people on bikes to treat stop signs as yield signs whenever it is safe to do so. Modeled after the "Idaho Stop" law of 1982, AB 1103 has the potential to reduce car-on-bike collisions, eliminate unnecessary enforcement, and allow people on bikes to keep their momentum moving forward. When people on bikes cross more safely at intersections and traffic flows more smoothly, it is a win-win for everyone.
Legislation Update: The authors of our common sense bill to require bicycle riders to yield and stop if necessary at stop sign-controlled intersections have pulled their bill from consideration for now. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Carl Obernolte (R-Barstow) said that opposition from the California chapters of the American Automobile Association and the Police Chiefs Association, among others, could not be overcome.
This bill would have made California third among U.S. states, behind Idaho and Delaware, to recognize that people on bikes have different vulnerabilities and capabilities when they approach an intersection and deserve different treatment than people in cars. It would have legalized a common practice and made riding a bike safer and more convenient, and it would have reduced unfair and capricious enforcement.
The arguments against the bill made no logical sense but were powerful nevertheless. When this bill comes back we’ll be better equipped to address the arguments with equally powerful appeals.
In the meantime we're building momentum and support for stop-as-yield legislation in our state, and we need to hear from you.
Add your name below in support of the California "Stop As Yield" policy and make biking safer and more accessible for all.
This common-sense policy change has grown in popularity around our state because of the work of advocates like Walt Seifert; his wheels-to-the-road passion for advocacy continues to advance our list of supporting organizations.
Supporters of Stop-As-Yield Reform Legislation in California:
California Delivery Association
Public Health Advocates
Two Rivers Cider
Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District
Coalition for Clean Air
Bicycle Commuter Coalition Inland Empire
Bike Santa Cruz County
California Bicycle Coalition
Inland Empire Bicycle Alliance
Motherlode Bicycle Coalition
San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
Sylvia Bingham Fund
Walk Bike Mendocino
Davis Bike Club
Desert Bicycle Club
Different Spokes of Southern California
Fresno Cycling Club
High Desert Cycling
Lompoc Valley Bicycle Club
Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club
Imperial Valley Velo Club
Recumbent Riders of Sacramento
San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club
San Jose Bicycle Club
Santa Rosa Cycling Club
Solano Cycling Club
Fo Sho Inc. (Carmichael, East Sac, Elk Grove, and Greenhaven bike shops and Folsom Cyclery)
City Bicycle Works-Sacramento
Our Protecting Your Rights Initiative implements the third strategy in CalBike's strategic plan: protecting people who ride bicycles by improving the respect we receive from motorists and the legal system.
We work with the Department of Motor Vehicles to improve the driver's manual and driver testing. We provide expert testimony and advice to judges, the California Highway Patrol, and to local police and other agencies, whenever a bicyclist's rights are in question. We work hard to prevent highway closures by Caltrans.
We change the laws to emphasize safety. We won the Three Feet for Safety Act in 2013 to make clear that motorists must give plenty of space when passing somebody on a bicycle. In 2016 we're working to clarify that sometimes, bicyclists really are allowed to ride two abreast. Legalize hand-holding!
We work to prevent unfair enforcement of the laws, especially where enforcement actions target people of color or low-income people. In 2015, we won a change to the Vehicle Code that allows people ticketed when riding bicycles to take a bicycle education course in lieu of paying the fine.
Our Bicycling For Everyone Initiative implements the second strategy in our Strategic Plan: make bicycling mainstream. While our Bikeways to Everywhere initiative works to remove the barrier of unsafe streets, this initiative seeks to remove the many other barriers that prevent bicycling from becoming mainstream among all of California's diverse people. Some of these barriers are cultural: decades of racist disinvestment in communities of color, sexist assumptions about gender roles and abilities, and disenfranchisement among low-income people. Others are physical: long travel distances, physical disabilities. The four projects under our Bicycling for Everyone Initiative reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion while working to make bicycling mainstream for everyone.
Bike sharing is one of the most important ways to expand bicycling to the mainstream. However, current bike share systems are much too small to make the desired impact and the business model results in inequitable distribution of bike share systems that serves more privileged communities only. Our Bike Share for All project seeks to expand bike share to every community in California, with a priority for disadvantaged communities and accessible, affordable pricing.
California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program subsidizes the replacement of gasoline-powered cars with electric cars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it's accessible only to people who can afford cars and the cleanest vehicle of all, the bicycle, is not included. Our Bike Purchase Incentives campaign will direct a small portion of the state's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to subsidize half the cost of a "transportation bicycle," up to $500 for regular bikes and $1,000 for electric bicycles, and direct the bulk of the funds for lower- and middle-income households.
In crowded urban areas with too little open space, Open Streets events attract millions of Californians to their streets for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. CalBike supports the expansion of Open Streets events throughout California.
Some trips are too long, or on streets too hilly, or with cargo too heavy (like children) for regular bikes to meet the need. Electric bikes solve the problem, but stigma and outdated regulations limit their adoption. CalBike works to change that.
Our dream is that one day soon, everyone in California will have access to a connected web of quiet neighborhood streets, off-street bike paths, and protected bike lanes, so that they can ride anywhere they need to go—comfortably, safely, and conveniently. Our Bikeways to Everywhere Initiative is bringing this dream to life by advocating in Sacramento and across the state for great design and sufficient funding to create complete bikeway networks.
We’re working to bring Bikeways to Everywhere to all Californians: people who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods damaged by decades of economic neglect; women who face challenges of sexism that suppress their cycling rates to one-third of that of men; the youngest child who is able to pedal, however slowly; and the most aged senior citizen on an adult three-wheeler; people with disabilities that make it hard to walk, but who, with assistance, can pedal; people who have to carry children or cargo on a regular basis and others who need an electric assist; and everyone who will never choose to ride but who will benefit from more of their neighbors doing so.
What does a complete bikeway network mean for people on bikes? It means no more “Bike Lane Ends” signs, leaving riders with nowhere to go. No more need to navigate fast-moving traffic on wide, busy streets. No more stressful intersections with no safe way for a person on a bike to cross. Instead, people on bikes can choose to ride on off-street bike paths, quiet neighborhood streets, and, when the best way to get there is along those busy streets, protected bike lanes. People can choose to ride a bike, and feel comfortable riding wherever they need to go.