Our mission and vision.
CalBike advocates for equitable, inclusive, and prosperous communities where bicycling helps to enable all Californians to lead healthy and joyful lives.
At CalBike, we envision a California where our streets are safe, appealing, and accessible for people biking, walking, and using transit. Where people of color and low-income people have a voice in transportation decision-making. Where our transportation policies today will create an equitable, sustainable and safe future. We have our work cut out for us to make this vision a reality, and we need a strong transportation justice movement to get there.
Our work centers on these four goals:
- Prioritize low-income communities and communities of color in transportation spending and policy decisions. We work to change power dynamics to give community residents, especially in historically disadvantaged and marginalized low-income communities of color, more control over transportation policy and spending decisions. We push for increased transportation investments in lower-income communities.
- Improve the built environment for biking, walking and transit. We push to connect neighborhoods with great biking, walking and transit options. We push to increase funding for “bikeway networks”—safe and connected webs of inviting bike paths, quiet neighborhood streets, and protected bike lanes—so that everyone, ages 8 to 80 can feel comfortable riding. We push to expand access to bicycles through bike share and bicycle subsidies.
- Change our transportation policies to support an equitable, environmentally sustainable, and safe future. We elevate bicycling as an important tool for protecting our planet and our communities, working to change our transportation policies to support an equitable, environmentally sustainable, and safe future.
- Strengthen the power of the transportation justice movement. We work to strengthen the power of the transportation advocacy movement by strengthening our local bicycle advocacy and social justice partners, electing allies to office, and supporting education and encouragement programs.
We are guided by a vision of 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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; and
- 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.