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Let’s Not Replace Newsom with Gruesome

Polls of likely voters show that the election to recall the Governor is dangerously close. If the recall succeeds, the new governor will be the replacement candidate with the most votes. Currently, that is talk show host Larry Elder, whose level of support is 21%.  So the chief executive of the world’s fifth-largest economy could […]

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AB1401: Housing for People, Not Cars

Update, August 26, 2021: The Senate Appropriations Committee declined to take this bill out of the suspense file. Translation: AB 1401, which would have ended parking mandates in certain new construction, will not advance this year. In the USA, we have a parking problem. As UCLA urban planning professor and parking guru Donald Shoup explained […]


Sunset4All: A Big Step Forward for Biking in LA

Thanks to community organizing and popular demand, Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles could soon get a two-way, parking-separated bikeway. Sunset is a critical arterial street for East Hollywood, Silver Lake, and Echo Park. A safe connection on Sunset is essential to make these neighborhoods accessible to people on bikes. The impressive progress on this visionary […]

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California Cyclists: Vote NO in the Recall Election

While CalBike doesn’t agree with Governor Newsom on every issue, his budgets have funded programs that make California’s streets safer for everyone who rides, skates, scoots, or walks. Governor Newsom is also committed to addressing the Climate Emergency, and bikes are clearly part of the solution. CalBike recommends you vote NO on the recall. Please […]


CalBike Works with CA Air Resources Board to Develop E-Bike Grant Program

CalBike’s $10 million E-Bike Affordability Program has been fully funded and is now in the planning stages. The program will give grants to help as many as 10,000 Californians buy e-bikes, starting in July 2022. On Monday, CalBike Executive Director Dave Snyder and José Jimenez from Active San Gabriel Valley (Active SGV) met with the […]

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Why California Should Decriminalize Jaywalking

This year, CalBike is sponsoring the Freedom to Walk Act (AB 1238, Ting), which will take jaywalking laws off the books in California. We realize that people have questions about why this legislation is critical for equity, justice, and accessibility. In partnership with the bill’s other co-sponsors, California Walks and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, […]

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Assemblymember Friedman tweaks speed limit laws to save lives

A bicycle commuter and Assemblymember from Pasadena, Laura Friedman, is fighting hard to defend her proposals to give local officials more power to set lower speed limits where doing so will save lives. CalBike strongly supports all measures that reduce the speeds of automobiles wherever people walk and bike. We need you to support Friedman’s […]

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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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High-Speed Rail Funding Dispute Holds Up Transportation Spending

A disagreement over the allocation of high-speed rail (HSR) funding is holding billions of transportation dollars hostage in Sacramento, including the Active Transportation Program, California’s only dedicated source of funding for critical biking and walking infrastructure. But don’t worry — a solution to the impasse has begun to take shape. Governor Newsom and the legislature […]

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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 […]