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Stay informed about the bicycling movement in California by reading this blog and subscribing to our monthly newsletter, the CalBike Report. Keep apprised of which bills we are supporting with our Legislative Watch page, which we update regularly.

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Voices of the Coalition Opposed to Kill Bike-Share Bill

On June 22, 2022, CalBike Executive Director Dave Snyder testified in opposition to a bill that would add an insurance requirement to shared bikes and scooters that is out of proportion to the potential harm caused by these devices. The cost of this requirement, if AB 371 passes, would put most private and public shared […]

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Election Recap: June 2022 Primary

Our June primary election Bike the Vote efforts proved vital to advancing our statewide bike agenda. Several of our endorsed bike champions will move on to the November general election. Despite the fact that we experienced perhaps California’s lowest ever turnout.  Low turnout could have negatively affected some relative newcomers to the political scene, who […]

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The Quietly Transformative OmniBike Bill, AB 1909

Assemblymember Laura Friedman calls the Bicycle Omnibus Bill (AB 1909) she introduced the “OmniBike Bill.” It’s a bill that includes four different changes to the vehicle code (hence “omnibus”), and you could be forgiven if you find vehicle code updates wonky and boring. But each element of the OmniBike Bill will make life better for […]

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Legislative Update: Status of Active Transportation Bills at the Midpoint

May 27 was the deadline for bills to move from one house of the California legislature to the other. Anything that didn’t move by that date is dead for this year, with the exception of two-year bills that made the move last year. At the midpoint, all but two of the bike- and climate-friendly bills […]

Shared Micromobility: the Future of Equitable Transportation  

The only convenient choice for most trips in most California communities is the automobile. For door-to-door access, public buses and trains can’t compete. This car-dependent system forces Californians to incur extremely high expenses and miserable traffic as drivers. It leads to severe pollution, bad health outcomes, and dangerous streets. People in disadvantaged communities, disproportionately Black […]

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Governor’s May Budget Revise Provides New Funds but Still Shortchanges Active Transportation 

Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised proposal for the state’s July 2022-June 2023 budget includes $1.1 billion in new money for active transportation. This would be a historic increase, more than four times the typical annual allocation to biking and walking safety.  CalBike applauds the governor for allocating increased funding for active transportation. Thanks to pressure from […]

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Active Transportation Bills to Watch This Week 

For Immediate Release: 5/18/22 Contact:Jared Sanchez, CalBike (714) 262-0921, Jared@CalBike.org CalBike: Active Transportation Bills to Watch This Week Update: SACRAMENTO, May 21: All the active transportation bills advanced out of the Appropriations Committee except AB 2336 (speed cameras) and AB 1975 (bus shelters). SACRAMENTO – The California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) is following multiple bills in […]

Is 2022 the Year California Gets Serious About Traffic Violence?

On April 16, 2022, a driver pulled around another car in Griffith Park and hit Andrew Jelmert at high speed, killing him. Jelmert was leading a training ride for the AIDS Lifecycle, a fundraising ride that the 77-year-old realtor had completed four times, so there was an unusual number of witnesses to his death. Unfortunately, […]