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2016 Legislative Session Roundup

A busy legislative session resulted in more money for biking and walking infrastructure projects, as well as for bike share, and a huge win to extend California’s commitment to reduce climate change. It also showed where we need to increase our strength to win bigger victories for transportation equity. The 2016 session wrapped up in […]

CalBike Request Wins Reversal of CHP Bike-Blaming

Early one morning last month, in a suburb of Sacramento, a motorist ran into the back of two bicyclists, killing one and injuring the other. It happened on Fiddyment Road in Roseville, a two-lane road with no shoulders and lanes so narrow that there’s no way a car could possibly pass a bicycle without crossing […]

Local Focus: Janine Rood of Chico Velo

Janine Rood is the Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition’s affiliate in Chico, the Chico Velo Cycling Club. Our Media Director Melissa Balmer connected with Janine as part of our new series of interviews with our affiliates and other grassroots organizations across the state. CalBike: What’s your first childhood memory of riding a bike? […]

LACBC and MCM Team Up for Bike Share Equity

Our local affiliate, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) is teaming up with Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) to help L.A. Metro ensure that their brand new bike share program is equitable, serving not just tourists and the well-off, but also low-income residents of Los Angeles. L.A. Metro Bike Share launched their pilot bike […]

Making Protected Bike Lanes the New Normal

This month, we’re taking an important step in our campaign to promote protected bike lanes among the state’s traffic engineers and policy makers. With the expert guidance of Alta Planning + Design, we developed a 4-page fact sheet to demonstrate how important protected bike lanes are, and how easy they are to build. The document, […]

Join Us! E-bike Demo on State Capitol Grounds Aug 18

The best way to convince policymakers that bikes really can be practical and efficient transportation as well as a fun way to get around is to bring them out for a test ride. That’s especially true with e-bikes, as we discovered at our successful electric bike demo at the Air Resources Board back in June. So we […]

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 […]