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CalBike asked you to share your e-bike stories to support our campaign for a $10 million e-bike affordability program to enable more Californians to discover the joy and freedom that e-bikes bring. The stories you sent us were inspiring and delightful. Your e-bike experiences show the many ways that e-bikes can replace car trips and […]
Crossing the bay has always imposed an unfair burden on marginalized people. You have to have a car and pay the toll or take transit with a round trip cost even higher than the bridge toll. Today, the pandemic has made it even worse, with severe transit cuts stranding people on one side of the […]
For the past two years, Forest Barnes has led CalBike’s work to bring better biking to the Central Valley. Funded by a Caltrans grant, the project team created a plan to make the planned High-Speed Rail (HSR) stations accessible to people walking and biking, drawing a three-mile radius around each station and proposing a network […]
As more people turn to bikes for transportation, e-bikes have gained in popularity. They give riders greater range and carrying capacity. For many, an e-bike is a workable alternative to car ownership. But e-bikes aren’t cheap. CalBike is making financial help to buy an e-bike a top priority in 2021. Here are four ways we […]
At CalBike, we have long been fans of quick-build projects. Early in the pandemic, we realized that quick-build projects are more crucial than ever. The pandemic temporarily reduced traffic, creating a demonstration of the way people-centered streets can look and feel. This created an opportunity for change. But we have to move fast. The urgency […]
The change of administration in Washington D.C. is providing some specific reasons for joy for active transportation advocates. Pete Buttigieg promises to bring a fresh perspective to USDOT. Also, some of the initial appointees who will run USDOT from day one are friends of biking. And that group includes some high-profile Californians. Nuria Fernandez, who […]
Imagine getting on your bike in Bakersfield and riding all the way to Merced. You follow mostly separated and low-stress routes. Along the way, you pass through large and small Central Valley cities like Wasco, Porterville, and Madera. Maybe you visit some rose gardens in Wasco, whose farmers grow a majority of all the roses […]
Next week, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be president and vice president. Control of the Senate will flip to the Democrats. This change in power could make a big difference in funding and support for biking and walking this year and beyond. With thanks to our national partners, the League of American Bicyclists, here’s […]
What can you say about 2020? It has been the most challenging, excruciating, frustrating, endless year that most of us have experienced. Along the way, there have been some ridiculous fails as well as some significant steps forward toward reclaiming streets for people in 2020. Here are CalBike’s best and worst of 2020. Best emergency […]
If you missed CalBike’s 2021 Agenda Reveal Party, you can still get in on the fun! We recorded our December 3, 2020 event. Click below to join us virtually to review our 2020 accomplishments and unveil our 2021 agenda. Agenda Reveal highlights (with timestamps): 1:15 Welcome from Dave 3:04 Introduction of special guests […]
CalBike recently spoke with two researchers who compared trends in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities among the US, the UK, Germany, and Denmark. We outlined their findings in a post about the alarming trend in US fatalities. Our far-ranging discussion didn’t stop with the data in their new study. The researchers had lessons to share based […]
California will never have the equitable, prosperous and inclusive communities that CalBike advocates for until we address and redress anti-Black violence. 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.