The Green New Deal aims to save our planet from climate catastrophe while elevating our quality of life, especially the most vulnerable among us. But in the proposed federal GND, bicycling does not warrant even a mention. What role can the bicycle play in averting climate disaster?
Electric bicycles have changed the way we get around. They flatten hills, shorten distances, and make hard trips easy. E-bikes make bicycling a viable option for people with children or other heavy loads, elderly folks, and those with certain disabilities. CalBike’s campaigns to promote and support e-bikes have found success: e-bike share is now part of the Clean Mobility Options for Disadvantaged Communities program, and low-income residents are eligible to receive vouchers for e-bikes when they turn in their polluting cars. But straightforward purchase incentives, like the state gives for electric cars, are still not available. This workshop will review the latest in e-bike technology and the latest research that shows the benefits of e-bikes in reducing greenhouse gases and why state funds should support e-bikes even more than they support electric cars.
Women account for approximately one-fifth of everyday bicycle users in most of California. They are under-represented among people who bike for transportation, recreation, and sport. What can we do to make bicycling more accessible to women? This workshop will present some answers by the women who are in fact doing that!