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California Cities Ranked Top Places to Live Car-Free

We don’t know why a lawn care company decided to rate the best U.S. cities to live without a car, but we like LawnStarter’s list. The rankings include 14 California cities, with San Francisco topping the list as the best city in the U.S. to live car-free. The ability of Californians to get around by […]

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CalBike Insider: High-Speed Rail Funding Dispute Holds Up Transportation Spending

Some of the most significant work to further better biking, active transportation, and healthy communities in California happens out of the spotlight. CalBike Insider shines the light on some of these critical developments in Sacramento and beyond. Scroll down for more insider stories. CalBike Insider: July 26, 2021 High-Speed Rail Funding Dispute Holds Up Transportation Spending […]

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Remembering CalBike Founder Thomas S. Higgins

We are sad to report that CalBike founder Thomas S. Higgins passed away on Monday, July 12th, 2021, after a battle with cancer. CalBike extends its deepest condolences to Tom’s wife Glenda, daughter Alexandra, brother Charles, and his entire family. All those who knew Tom were touched by his exceptional kindness, boundless good cheer, and […]

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Clean Mobility Options Awards Will Bring Bike Sharing to Underserved Communities

CalBike applauds California’s Clean Mobility Options (CMO) program for its latest round of zero-emission transit grants, one-third of which are for bike share programs or include a bike sharing component. The program will distribute $18 million to provide cleaner and better transit options in underserved communities and $2 million for Native American tribal governments. One […]

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AB 371 Goes Dormant and Bike Share Lives — for Now

Thanks to CalBike and the “all-powerful bicycle lobby,” AB 371, the Kill Bike Share Bill, has halted its journey through the California legislature. The bill included a burdensome and unfair insurance requirement for bike and scooter sharing systems that would have ended shared micromobility in California. The bad news is that we might have to […]

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Advocates and Elected Officials Urge Senate Appropriations Committee to Pass Jaywalking Repeal

On July 14, 2021, CalBike joined more than 90 others to send a letter to Senator Anthony J. Portantino, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, asking him to move the Freedom to Walk Act (AB 1238, Ting) forward. The bill, which will repeal California’s unjust jaywalking laws, is currently in the suspense file at the […]

Victory! $10 Million E-Bike Affordability Program Included in State Budget

Update, 7/14/21: Governor Newsom signed the budget, ensuring that CalBike’s $10 million e-bike affordability program will be funded! CalBike is continuing to work with legislators and program administrators to make sure the program is implemented equitably. For Immediate Release: 7/2/21 SACRAMENTO – CalBike is thrilled to announce that legislators approved a $10 million e-bike incentive […]

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Senate Transportation Committee to Hear Bill to Decriminalize Jaywalking

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2012 Contact: CalBike: Jared Sanchez, |  714-262-0921 California Walks: Caro Jauregui, | 562-320-2139 Los Angeles Walks: John Yi, | 213-219-2483 Freedom to Walk Act to Decriminalize Jaywalking in Senate Transportation Committee, June 29  SACRAMENTO – The Freedom to Walk Act, a bill to eliminate jaywalking laws in […]

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CA Senate Transportation Considers Bicycle Safety Stop

For Immediate Release: 6/25/21 Contact: Dave Snyder, 916-251-9433, Jared Sanchez, 714-262-0921, CA Senate Transportation Considers Bicycle Safety Stop on Tuesday, June 29 SACRAMENTO – The Bicycle Safety Stop Bill (AB 122, Boerner Horvath, Friedman, Ting) will be heard in the California Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. The bill will replace […]

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Bicycle Safety Stop Has Support of California Cities

The Bicycle Safety Stop Bill (AB 122, Boerner Horvath) passed the Assembly with solid support in April, but opposition is building in the Senate. So elected city councilors across California are voicing their support for the bill. They recognize the importance of having state laws that conform to the ways their residents safely bicycle through […]

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Call to Action for Bike-Friendly California Legislation

The many bike-friendly bills CalBike is tracking and the one bad bill we are opposing are moving through the Senate after passing the Assembly. Several of them have hearings in the next two weeks. CalBike is reaching out strategically to our members who have legislators on key Senate Committees: Transportation, and Judiciary. If you are […]