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Legislative Wrap-Up: Everything-but-the-Governor Edition, 2021

September 10, 2021, was the last day for bills to make it out of their second house in the California legislature. CalBike’s three sponsored measures were all effectively passed by the legislature: one is fully funded, and two have passed both houses. But CalBike engaged with many bills during this legislative session. Here’s where they stand […]

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CalBike Scores Wins in Sacramento for Californians Who Bike and Walk 

California’s legislative session has ended with several big accomplishments for active transportation. CalBike’s signature E-Bike Affordability Program is fully funded and in development. And the two other bills we sponsored this year have passed the Assembly and the Senate, which have placed a spotlight on the need to decriminalize the bicycle safety stop and jaywalking.  […]

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CA Freedom to Walk Act Passes Senate

For Immediate Release: 9/8/21 Contact:CalBike: Jared Sanchez, jared@calbike.org |  714-262-0921California Walks: Caro Jauregui, caro@calwalks.org | 562-320-2139Los Angeles Walks: John Yi, john@losangeleswalks.org | 213-219-2483 CA Freedom to Walk Act Passes Senate SACRAMENTO – The Freedom to Walk Act, a bill designed to reform California’s “Jaywalking” laws, passed the California Senate today with a vote of 22-8. […]

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Bicycle Safety Stop Bill Passes Senate

For Immediate Release Contact: Dave Snyder, 916-251-9433, dave@calbike.org Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Jared Sanchez, 714-262-0921, jared@calbike.org Bicycle Safety Stop Bill Passes Senate SACRAMENTO – On August 30, the California Senate passed the Bicycle Safety Stop Bill (AB 122, Boerner Horvath, Friedman, Ting) with a bipartisan 31-5 vote. The bill allows people on bikes to treat […]

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Bill to End Fines for Safe Street Crossings Moves to CA Senate Floor for Final Vote

The Freedom to Walk Act passed out of the California Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. We’re thrilled lawmakers agreed that, as a state, we should stop raising revenue from our most marginalized and vulnerable residents. Two more steps to legalize safe street crossings There are two more crucial steps before we repeal unjust jaywalking laws, […]

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Let’s Not Replace Newsom with Gruesome

Polls of likely voters show that the election to recall the Governor is dangerously close. If the recall succeeds, the new governor will be the replacement candidate with the most votes. Currently, that is talk show host Larry Elder, whose level of support is 21%.  So the chief executive of the world’s fifth-largest economy could […]

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AB1401: Housing for People, Not Cars

Update, August 26, 2021: The Senate Appropriations Committee declined to take this bill out of the suspense file. Translation: AB 1401, which would have ended parking mandates in certain new construction, will not advance this year. In the USA, we have a parking problem. As UCLA urban planning professor and parking guru Donald Shoup explained […]

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Sunset4All: A Big Step Forward for Biking in LA

Thanks to community organizing and popular demand, Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles could soon get a two-way, parking-separated bikeway. Sunset is a critical arterial street for East Hollywood, Silver Lake, and Echo Park. A safe connection on Sunset is essential to make these neighborhoods accessible to people on bikes. The impressive progress on this visionary […]

Governor Gavin Newsom

California Cyclists: Vote NO in the Recall Election

While CalBike doesn’t agree with Governor Newsom on every issue, his budgets have funded programs that make California’s streets safer for everyone who rides, skates, scoots, or walks. Governor Newsom is also committed to addressing the Climate Emergency, and bikes are clearly part of the solution. CalBike recommends you vote NO on the recall. Please […]

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CalBike Works with CA Air Resources Board to Develop E-Bike Grant Program

CalBike’s $10 million E-Bike Affordability Program has been fully funded and is now in the planning stages. The program will give grants to help as many as 10,000 Californians buy e-bikes, starting in July 2022. On Monday, CalBike Executive Director Dave Snyder and José Jimenez from Active San Gabriel Valley (Active SGV) met with the […]

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Why California Should Decriminalize Jaywalking

This year, CalBike is sponsoring the Freedom to Walk Act (AB 1238, Ting), which will take jaywalking laws off the books in California. We realize that people have questions about why this legislation is critical for equity, justice, and accessibility. In partnership with the bill’s other co-sponsors, California Walks and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, […]

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Assemblymember Friedman tweaks speed limit laws to save lives

A bicycle commuter and Assemblymember from Pasadena, Laura Friedman, is fighting hard to defend her proposals to give local officials more power to set lower speed limits where doing so will save lives. CalBike strongly supports all measures that reduce the speeds of automobiles wherever people walk and bike. We need you to support Friedman’s […]