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Governor Signs SB 932, Plan for the Future Bill

For Immediate Release:  9/29/22 Contact: CalBike Kevin Claxton, 909.274.0137, Kevin@CalBike.org  Plan for the Future Bill Signed by Governor SB 932 will accelerate green cities and active transportation Sacramento, CA – Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 932, the Plan for the Future Bill.  SB 932 requires a county or city to identify high-injury streets […]

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How to Get a Replace Your Ride E-Bike Voucher in Southern California

CalBike recently reported on the experience of Berkeley resident Vicki Davis, who received an e-bike voucher from the Clean Cars for All program, administered by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, in December 2021. While it took some time, the process was relatively smooth for Davis to receive a $7,500 voucher in exchange for […]

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Governor Signs Friedman’s Excellent OmniBike Bill, AB 1909

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Assemblymember Laura Friedman’s excellent OmniBike Bill, AB 1909. The legislature presented Newsom with 16 active transportation bills, and he has, to date, signed seven of them and vetoed only one. CalBike applauds Assemblymember Friedman for her strong support of people on bikes and her leadership on active transportation and community […]

Why a Bicycle Coalition Supports Scooters — And You Should, Too

For the past three years, CalBike has waged a campaign against bills that would impose unprecedented insurance requirements on shared bikes and scooters. In 2020 and 2021, those bills didn’t make it through the legislature, but AB 371 is on the governor’s desk this year and could be signed into law. However, the bill’s final […]

Legislative Update: Active Transportation Wins Outnumber Losses as Bills Head to the Governor

The 2022 California legislative session included an impressive number of bike-friendly bills. At the end of the session on August 31, the active transportation scorecard is impressive:  3 bills have already been signed into law 16 bike-friendly bills are waiting for the governor’s signature 4 bills died in the legislature 1 bill was withdrawn by […]

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CalBike Statement on the Withdrawal of the Bicycle Safety Stop Bill, AB 1713

CalBike is disappointed that AB 1713, the Bicycle Safety Stop, was withdrawn ahead of a likely veto from Governor Gavin Newsom. The bill would have allowed bike riders aged 18 and older to treat stop signs as yields. Riders would have been required to slow down, stop for pedestrians and cross traffic, and proceed carefully […]

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How to Get a Clean Cars for All E-Bike Voucher in the Bay Area

During a recent meeting of the CARB Electric Bicycle Incentives Work Group, the comments made it evident that there are lots of Californians trying to figure out how to get help to afford an e-bike. The incentives program, which CalBike helped pass last year, will provide vouchers to low-income Californians for an e-bike purchase. When […]

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Active Transportation Slate Poised to Pass Legislature

Updated August 31, 2022. For Immediate Release: 8/18/22 Contact: Jared Sanchez, CalBike (714) 262-092, Jared@CalBike.org Historic Active Transportation Slate Poised to Make it to the Governor’s Desk  Sacramento, Calif – As we head into the final stretch for legislation in 2022, a slate of excellent active transportation bills has been voted on in the Senate and […]

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CalBike Announces Executive Director Search

Earlier this month, CalBike’s long-time executive director, Dave Snyder, left to join People for Bikes. CalBike’s Board of Directors has now opened its search for CalBike’s next executive director. Please share with your networks! And please visit our careers page to see the listing for our other job opening, part-time individual giving manager. Executive Director […]

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CalBike Supporters Make Big Impression at CARB E-Bike Work Group Meeting 

On August 24, 200 people showed up for a Work Group Meeting for the Electric Bicycle Incentives Project held by the California Air Resources Board. It was a big turnout for a meeting held during the workday on a Wednesday afternoon. But it’s not surprising considering the tremendous interest in the program (CalBike’s interest list […]

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CalBike’s Jenn Guitart Becomes TransForm Executive Director

Before Jenn Guitart joined CalBike in 2014, initially as director of development and communications, she worked for an organization that promoted comprehensive sex education. “I like to joke that I’m more passionate about bikes than I am about sex,” she says. “When I started working at CalBike, I realized that it was exactly what I […]

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New Models of Bicycle Advocacy

There is no single way to advocate for more bikeable communities, and bike advocacy has evolved over the years. Recently, we noticed a set of new advocates jumping in to push for things like closing JFK Drive in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and closing streets in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park. So we decided to […]