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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.

We win more bike funding but how will the state spend it?

Thanks to our allies throughout the state and a semi-supportive Governor, Californians can look forward to an increase in funding for bicycling infrastructure, but only as part of a reform package that represents a big change to active transportation spending in the state. CalBike supports that change — a radical consolidation of accounts — but only after the […]

CalBike’s strategy to win the Bicycle Purchase Incentive Program

For CalBike followers who like to “dig deep” into our strategies, this post is for you. We are proud that the Air Resources Board approved a new eligibility for electric bike sharing in an $8 million program to provide low-carbon mobility options. Hats off to our Policy Director Jeanie Ward-Waller for her relentless advocacy at […]

CalBike Wins Bike Share Funding in New Budget, but Innovative Purchase Incentive Program Gets Deferred

Months of work to include the bicycle in the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project paid off with the Air Resources Board’s decision to include bike share as an eligible expense. Now, cities wishing to expand bike share into disadvantaged communities can apply for funding from the $8 million “Car Sharing and Mobility Options” program. However, […]

Our Side-by-Side Riding Bill Paves the Way for Much Bigger Win for Bicyclists

We are dropping AB 2509, which would have clarified cyclists’ right to ride side-by-side, in favor of a much more important win for bicyclists’ rights next session: as we worked to gain the California Highway Patrol’s support for the bill, we paved the way for an overhaul of the laws governing bicyclists’ rights to the […]

CalBike Wins Bike Share Funding in New Budget, but Innovative Purchase Incentive Program Gets Deferred

Months of work to include the bicycle in the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project paid off with the Air Resources Board’s decision to include bike share as an eligible expense. Now, cities wishing to expand bike share into disadvantaged communities can apply for funding from the $8 million “Car Sharing and Mobility Options” program. However, […]

SB 127 Streets

Top Ten Ways California’s Bike and Ped Plan Could Revolutionize the State

In January 2014, at the request of Governor Brown, the State Smart Transportation Initiative published an assessment of Caltrans. The report was a scathing indictment, portraying Caltrans as unable to meet the goals of a 21st century transportation agency, and suggesting some radical changes in the way it does business. Within two years, new staff […]

City of San Diego Adopts Downtown Mobility Plan

Thanks to the advocacy efforts of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and its sustainability partners including Bike SD, Circulate San Diego and Climate Action Campaign, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan! A game-changing plan for safer bicycling in San Diego, it includes nearly 9 miles […]

E-Bike Demo At The Air Resources Board

Last Wednesday, the day before the ARB approved their tentative funding plan for clean vehicles, CalBike and our industry partners hosted an electric bicycle demonstration event on a lovely Sacramento summer day (warm but not too hot!) for ARB staff and board members. Clearly the quickest and easiest way to convince someone of the benefits and […]

We’ve Known for Ages, But Now It’s Official! May is Bike Month

Governor Jerry Brown has officially declared May “Bike Month.” “During the month of May,” writes Governor Brown, “we should all take advantage of cycling related events that organizations will be holding to provide education and information on bicycling as an opportunity to improve our health and an alternative mode of transportation and recreation.” Read the […]

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 […]