While we struggle to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, people in California and across the U.S. are discovering or rediscovering the joy of bicycling. On streets with much less car traffic than usual, we take the lane for healthy exercise that keeps us at a safe physical distance. We breathe clean air, maybe for the first time in our lives. During COVID-19 bicycling has increased in popularity. We put together some COVID-19 bicycling resources to help you get rolling.
When our towns and cities reopen after the virus passes, our society and culture will not be the same.
As we take a time out from relying so much on outdated, climate-killing car travel, we have an opportunity for real change. We can pivot from the way things have been to the way we want them to be. We can make our communities truly bikeable and more equitable places that foster prosperity, health, and joy for all.
CalBike is working to create more safe space for biking and walking—during the pandemic and for the long term. Here are some of the steps you can take with us right now.
FAQs on COVID-19 Bicycling
Answers—and graphics to share—to some of your questions about whether to bike, and how to bike safely during a pandemic.
Bicycling for Beginners
New to Bicycling? Have a friend who’s just getting started? Check out these online classes and resources to help get started. We’ve chosen just the best to help you get started safely.
Tips and Tricks for Happy Biking
Even more seasoned riders can get discouraged from biking by unpleasant experiences on the road. Fortunately, there are lots of things that even experienced bicyclists can do to improve the ride. We’ve compiled a set of resources to help you enjoy biking in and out of a pandemic.
How to Create Slow Streets
Slow Streets provide space for people to walk and bike near home, with reduced and slowed car traffic. Oakland led the way in California and many cities are following suit. We created a guide, based on Oakland’s experience, to help you bring Slow Streets to your community.
Do you have a bike you no longer ride, that you can share with an essential worker or someone down on their luck from our current crisis? Or do you need a free bike because your other modes of transportation aren’t working for you? Get hooked up through Bike Match!
Bicycle Advocacy in Your Community
Find your local coalition, join, and get involved! Working with your local coalition is the best way to make an impact “on the ground” where you live. NOW is the time to push for emergency bike lanes in your community.
Are you on a bike? Is today Wednesday? Then it’s time to wave!
BLACK LIVES MATTER
California will never have the equitable, prosperous and inclusive communities that CalBike advocates for until we address and redress the anti-Black violence that has plagued our country since slavery. We want to actively contribute to ending systemic racism, especially in transportation policy, and most especially in bicycling advocacy. We promise to listen and learn how we can best do this work. To our community members who experience the violence of racism on a daily basis: we see you, we hear you, and we stand with you.