California needs connected, low-stress bikeway networks, but state funding programs tend to support single, stand-alone bikeways. We need a funding program to build continuous bikeways that bike riders can use to get safely to important destinations.
It’s time to build safe bikeways that allow for continuous travel. It’s time to take bike transportation seriously.
Do you want cities to build bikeways that make biking a viable transportation options for more Californians? Then add your name to let policymakers know that you support complete, connected bikeway networks.
Yes, I Support Connected Bikeway Networks!
More about safe bike networks
When municipalities build new bikeways, planners tend to start with the “low hanging fruit”—the easy projects. This often leaves gaps in the bike network where we need it the most: in dangerous intersections, at difficult crossings, or on roadways filled with fast-moving traffic.
If Californians are going to have the option to use their bikes for everyday transportation, we need networks of connected and safe bikeways. That’s why CalBike is working on a bold new program that will prioritize complete bikeway networks that are safe and comfortable for riders from 8 to 80.
We need to change the way planners think about building bikeways. Instead of treating each segment as an individual project, the whole network should be seen as one project. After all, municipalities would never build roads for cars that had good pavement for a block before the road ends, only to pick up a block later. Yet that’s how bike facilities have been built for years.
The truth is that good bikeways make streets safer for all road users, including pedestrians, transit riders, and even drivers in their cars. One study found that streets with protected bike lanes saw a 50% reduction in serious injuries and a 44% reduction in traffic fatalities.
CalBike is working hard to get more and better bicycle infrastructure in California. Please share this petition with your friends to help us get the word out.
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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.