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One planet

Stop Fueling Climate Change: Coalition Challenges Governor to Shift Transportation Spending

A week before Christmas, CalBike worked with a coalition of 25 transportation and environmental organizations to issue a call to action for California to align its transportation spending with its climate goals. The coalition sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom and our state transportation leaders, asking them to shift spending from projects that increase […]

CalBike’s Best and Worst of 2023

After 2020, it seemed like things could only get better, or at least more normal. But weird seems to be the new normal, and 2023 was no exception, with a high-profile firing at Caltrans, cities declaring “e-bike emergencies,” and fast transportation mode shifts caused by freeway shutdowns rather than the ongoing emergency of climate change.  […]

New E-Bike Training Resources Come Online

Over the past few months, government and nonprofit groups have published three online e-bike riding resources. We’ve reviewed them all so we can give you an overview. Three e-bike courses The training resources were created by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), PeopleForBikes (with the League of American Bicyclists and Bicycle Colorado), and the California Air […]

California highway boondoggles

California Can’t Be a Climate Leader Until it Stops Building Freeways

This piece first appeared in Streetsblog California. Representatives from the State of California are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates right now for COP28, the climate summit where world leaders make agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our state is promoting itself as a climate leader, and in some respects, that’s accurate. But California can’t claim […]

California Bicycle Summit Advance Session Generates Excitement About San Diego Bikeways

More than 100 people attended CalBike’s first Summit Advance Session on November 29, 2023. The webinar featured a panel of advocates and planners from San Diego, where the in-person California Bicycle Summit will be held on April 18-19, 2024.  The Summit will be jam-packed with panels and keynotes, advancing the latest thinking on active transportation […]

CalBike Joins Panel on E-Bike Incentives at Micromobility Conference

In October, Micromobility America brought a two-day conference and trade show of alternative transportation to Richmond, California. Exhibitors included manufacturers of a range of e-bikes and scooters, app developers, and even representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation. CalBike participated in one of the many panel discussions, and you can view the recording below. Our […]

CalBike Announces 2024 California Bicycle Summit, Advance Sessions

CalBike will hold its next biennial California Bicycle Summit in San Diego on April 18 to 19, 2024. The Summit is an inspiring gathering of advocates, planners, transportation agency staffers, and elected officials who care about creating a more bikeable, walkable California. Sessions will include presentations and workshops from some of the most influential thought […]

Complete Streets

The Long Road to Complete Streets

CalBike has been fighting for Complete Streets for more than 15 years. In 2008, we helped pass AB 1358, which required local and regional general plans to consider the safety of people biking and walking in their circulation elements. But that law did nothing to improve access on state routes that doubled as local streets, […]

Climate Ride

CAPTI Falls Short of Climate Promise

The Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure (CAPTI) is meant to help decarbonize California’s transportation systems, which are responsible for half the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. But bills from Assemblymember Laura Friedman meant to give teeth to CAPTI have failed, and California continues to devote the bulk of its transportation budget to projects that encourage […]

poppies and bikes

#ebikestories 7: Who Will Benefit from California’s E-Bike Incentives?

For more than a year, the emails, social media posts, and calls have come in to CalBike, the California Air Resources Board, and the administrator of the statewide E-Bike Incentives Program, Pedal Ahead. People with disabilities, without housing, or without other transportation options have reached out to learn about getting an e-bike incentive.  It has […]

CalBike Joins 100 Organizations Urging More Oversight of Caltrans

CalBike, along with over 100 climate, mobility, and transportation justice nonprofits, signed a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting greater oversight of Caltrans. The letter, spearheaded by NextGen California, made three specific requests: Scroll down to read the full letter and add your name. Transportation is a critical element of climate mitigation The transportation sector […]