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CalBike Insider: First Look at 2023 Active Transportation Bills

It’s still early days, and CalBike is busy working with legislators and allies to firm up our legislative agenda for 2023, but we’ve already got a few bills on our radar. Here’s an early peek at the 2023 legislation that could make California streets more walkable, bikeable, and equitable. Pave the Bike Lane  Once again, […]

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In Praise of the Classic Bike

We get some version of this question a lot lately: Does CalBike only support e-bikes? The question comes with a certain amount of tension behind it. Has CalBike turned its back on the original “beautiful machine?” At CalBike, of course, we still love classic bikes (and walking and all forms of active transportation). We’ve been […]

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E-Bike Purchase Incentives FAQs

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the e-bike purchase incentive project that CalBike helped pass and that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is implementing. It’s an exciting program, and information hasn’t always been easy to come by. So we’ve compiled some of the most common questions from people who want to get […]

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CalBike Response to Governor’s ATP Clawback

CalBike is disheartened by Governor Gavin Newsom’s preliminary budget, which claws back almost half of the historic increase to the Active Transportation Program (ATP) of $1.1 billion (some funds were found from elsewhere for a net reduction of $200 million). We understand that a projected $22.4 billion budget shortfall requires cutting expenditures. However, the total […]

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Local E-Bike Incentives Provide More Options for Californians

The rollout of California’s statewide e-bike incentive program is getting closer, but it’s still a few months away. If you’d like to buy an e-bike and need help to make your purchase, many local programs currently provide incentives, and new ones may come online soon.  We spoke with managers from two Bay Area agencies about […]

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E-Bike Incentives Report: November 30, 2022, CARB Work Group Meeting

The California Air Resources Board held a work group meeting to continue its discussion of the parameters of the Electric Bicycle Incentives Project on November 30, 2022. Around 150 people attended the Zoom workshop, including representatives from the e-bike industry, bicycle shop owners, nonprofits who work with potential voucher recipients, bicycle coalition leaders, and members […]

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CalBike’s Best and Worst of 2022

The past few years have been disappointing in so many ways (because, you know — pandemic, war, climate catastrophes). But 2022 had a lot of bright spots, and for active transportation in California, more highs than lows. And we think that momentum will carry us into even bigger and bolder achievements in 2023 (because we’re […]

California’s Big Bike Year: 2022 in Review

What can we say about 2022? We didn’t get everything we wanted, but thanks to advocacy from CalBike and our supporters and allies, it was a fantastic year for biking and walking in California. Here’s a short stroll down victory lane. More money for biking and walking California shows its values where it spends its […]

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Bike Champions 2022 Elections Recap

CalBike endorsed 11 candidates for the California State Senate and Assembly, and the results are finally in: Eight won their races, and three lost, including two very close matches. The four incumbents we endorsed, all bike champions, won. And we’re happy to see four new faces in Sacramento who will be great supporters of active […]

Bicycle Advocacy Projects Young People Can Do to Get People Riding in 2023

Growing recognition of bicycling as an effective carbon-free transportation option has led more youth to get involved beyond just hopping on and riding. Bicycle advocacy can be a terrific basis for a community project for school, or just for fun.  We’ve put together some projects that serve as a good entry point to bicycle advocacy […]

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San Francisco Voters Lead Surge in Car-Free California Streets

Photo courtesy of Kid Safe SF. The Slow Streets movement, spawned during the lockdown phase of the pandemic, has largely faded as communities remove barriers and erase safe spaces. But the experience of streets centered on community and placemaking seems to have given a boost to the movement for car-free spaces. Bike activists, including CalBike […]

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Announcing the California Mobility Fund

CalBike is pleased to make it official: our tax-deductible arm, the California Bicycle Coalition Education Fund, has now become the California Mobility Fund. It took a while for the paperwork to be finalized, but we’re thrilled to dive into the new opportunities that will open for our rebranded, tax-deductible sister organization. The new name will […]