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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.

Bike Month 2016 A Success

Last month was Bike Month, and it was as inspiring as ever! CalBike was in Los Angeles at L.A. Bike Fest, in Sacramento for the Capitol Bike Fest and our Bike Advocacy Day, and helping out in Oakland on Bike to Work Day. There were 15 Cyclofemme rides, 26 Rides of Silence, several Kidical Masses, […]

Complete Streets bill passes

Your CalBike Inspires Caltrans to Get Moving on Complete Streets

Last fall, our Policy Director Jeanie Ward-Waller had a rare moment of downtime between running bills and chasing down budget appropriations while the Legislature was on fall recess. Jeanie has been working with Caltrans over several years to look for better ways to implement a Caltrans policy that has been around for nearly a decade: […]

Transportation Equity Summit Keeps the Pressure on Legislators

About 130 advocates from across the state turned out for this year’s Transportation Equity Summit May 16-17 in Sacramento, a first-ever combination of our annual “Bicycle Advocacy Day” with our ally TransForm’s annual “Transportation Choices Summit.” The half-day conference and full day of legislative meetings kept the pressure on legislators to deliver a ‘yes’ vote […]

CalBike announces 2016 primary endorsements

The California Bicycle Coalition issued their endorsements this week in the state’s Assembly and Senate races. The advocacy organization asked each candidate how much they support bicycling. How much do they ride? Do they support more funding for bicycle infrastructure? Do they support a “complete streets” requirement that all road maintenance take bicycle safety into account? Do they […]

2016 State Candidate Survey

The following survey was mailed to every candidate for Assembly or Senate. To see their responses, view this online spreadsheet. Do you ride a bicycle in your district and/or in Sacramento? If yes, for what purpose(s) and how often? How do you most commonly commute to work? If no, what would inspire you, and the 60{850a63fa8a72bae4d6bfa3f1eda9f619cddace10f9053ede128e2914f9ca5a15} of people […]

CalBike’s 2016 Legislation

Your California Bicycle Coalition has a packed legislative portfolio for 2016!   We are excited to be working with bicycling champion Assemblymember Richard Bloom on two important bills: (1) to preserve funding in the Active Transportation Program for planning grants and education and encouragement programs in disadvantaged communities, in response to declining funding for these […]

Bikeway Design Best Practices

We recommend the following guides and manuals to any engineer or planner in California. Each one provides valuable advice on bikeway and roadway designs that are approved for any road in the state. NACTO’s Urban Street Design Guide and Urban Bikeway Design Guide. Published by the National Association of City Transportation Officials, these guides have the same authority in California as the […]

City DOT leaders - can they pave the way to a greener future?

CalBike Awards 2015

Happy New Year! We’re already going full steam on our 2016 Legislative Agenda but wanted to take some time to recognize all the accomplishments (and some disappointments) from last year. INFRASTRUCTURE: Best New Bike Project: Harbor Drive Protected Bike Lanes, Redondo Beach, California This city of about 70,000 in southwest Los Angeles County built the prettiest and […]

A Short History of California’s First Freeway

This month in history: on January 4th, 1940, California’s first urban freeway opened. The Arroyo Seco Parkway, which is a part of the US 101 through Pasadena, has some interesting history. Its right-of-way was originally purchased in the late 1890s for what, we think you’ll agree, was a much more interesting idea. The California Cycleway […]

Governor Brown’s Budget Disappoints Us

Governor Brown’s proposed budget, released on Thursday, once again supports the status quo of increased car travel. Despite a $16.2 billion transportation budget including $3 billion in new revenue, his top priorities are repairing potholes and bridges and “improving trade corridors,” which broadly translates to expanding freeways on the most congested priority truck routes. No […]

A Letter Regarding our Theme — Equity in Motion

I’m excited you’re coming to the California Bicycle Summit. Focused on our summit’s theme, Equity in Motion, this is the fifth in our series of updates to help you prepare for the summit. Equity is a defining issue of our time. Despite growing wealth for some of us Californians, most of us struggle to meet daily […]