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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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Realizing the Potential of Bike and Scooter Sharing Systems

Jouke Peutz has split his life between the Netherlands and California. He loves living in the U.S., but his Dutch childhood instilled a deep love of biking. He’s pursuing that passion for biking, in collaboration with CalBike, with a research project to develop best practices and a general framework to improve the partnership between the […]

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CALBIKE Opposes AB 371

DATE: updated 3/02/2022 [edited from original 2/22/22] CONTACT: Dave Snyder, CalBike, 916-251-9433, dave@calbike.org CALBIKE Opposes AB 371 – Save Bike-Share! Sacramento – The California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) opposes AB 371 by Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer. This bill would impose an unprecedented cost on bike share and scooter share systems by forcing the provider to carry insurance […]

Summit Preview: What It’s Like to Bike in Latin America

The 2022 California Bicycle Summit will include an exciting breakout session featuring bicycle activists from Bogotá and scholars of Latin American urban studies. Presenters will include: Daniel Rodriguez, professor of city and regional planning and the interim director of the Institute for Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley.  Lorena Romero Fontecha, director and project manager for […]

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Making California’s E-Bike Affordability Program Successful

Thanks to support from our members, CalBike won a $10 million appropriation in this year’s budget to help Californians purchase electric bikes. The California Air Resources Board will administer the program, which must be operating by July of 2022.  The program will distribute vouchers to people who meet income eligibility requirements. The CARB will release […]

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How CalBike Quietly Pulls the Levers of Power in Sacramento

Each year, CalBike sponsors legislation to make our streets safer and help more Californians choose active transportation. The bills sponsored by state Senators and Assemblymembers are the focus of significant discussion and advocacy, and we ask our supporters to email their representatives and the governor to build support.  Legislative initiatives are essential for advancing the […]

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Announcing the Theme of the 2022 California Bicycle Summit: CONNECTING

On April 6-9, 2022, we hope you will join us in Oakland to strengthen and grow the movement for sustainable transportation. The California Bicycle Summit, held every two years, always feels like a momentous occasion, but gathering in person after the past two years is even more compelling. The theme for this year’s Summit is […]

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CalBike’s Best and Worst of 2021

A completely unscientific look at the best and worst of California biking in 2021. Let’s be honest: the competition for the worst in 2021 was fierce. We started the year with such high hopes. It had to be better than 2020, right? Nope. But there were many bright spots for biking in California, even in […]

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CalBike response to Governor Newsom’s Proposed Budget

Biking and walking safety programs get a $600 million boost in Governor Newsom’s proposed budget released last week. The Active Transportation Program gets an additional $500 million, more than double its normal annual allocation, and the Highway Safety Improvement Program gets an additional $100 million. CalBike applauds the governor for dedicating a solid 3% of the […]

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CalBike’s E-Bike Subsidy Program Will Change Lives

Erin Shannon’s work as a project administrator for a general contractor takes her to project sites or to the main office, which means a commute from Oakland to San Francisco or South San Francisco. “I had to drive to and from. That was an hour or hour and a half to get there and up […]

What California Can Learn from Latin American Bike Advocates

On December 7, 2021, CalBike held its second Advance Symposium for the California Bicycle Summit: Lessons from Latin America. It was a powerful and fascinating deep dive into both success stories and challenges for biking in Latin American cities, with a deep dive into the home of the Cicolvia, Bogotá, Columbia. Scroll to the bottom […]

What CalBike Accomplished: 2021 by the Numbers

For bicycling at the state level in California, 2021 was a mixed year. However, at CalBike, with the help of our dedicated and fabulous members and supporters (we’re looking at you!), we accomplished a lot. We won $10M in e-bike subsidies, so more Californians will get the chance to adopt this clean, green, form of […]

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CalBike Insider: $2 billion for bikes in 2022

California has a current budget surplus of $31 billion. CalBike is advocating for the governor and legislature to put $2 billion of that surplus toward infrastructure projects that will make our communities safer and more inviting for biking and walking. We’re joined by our allies at Safe Routes Partnership, Transform, California Walks, Move LA, Planning […]