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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 […]

Marin Museum of Bicycling Opens

The Marin Museum of Bicycling, a new  bicycle history museum and cultural center in Fairfax, California, held their grand opening on Saturday, June 6. The museum is also the new home of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, which has been located in Crested Butte, Colorado since 1988. Your California Bicycle Coalition’s own Dave Snyder […]

Bike Advocacy Day report

Jenny Shu, George Schnakenberg, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Bike East Bay’s Dave Campbell meet to discuss the importance of biking in DeSaulnier’s office on May 21. Bike Advocacy Day report Seventy-three people converged on Sacramento on Wednesday May 21 for California Bike Advocacy Day. We met with 63 legislative offices and staff from Caltrans […]

ATP Cycle 2 Aims to Fund New Bikeways Statewide

The California Transportation Commission will award grants to 113 of the 617 projects that applied for funding from the second round of the state Active Transportation Program, or $215 million for projects that requested more than $1 billion. This significant unmet need demonstrates why your California Bicycle Coalition continues to push for more funding to […]

Senator Liu pulls helmet mandate

Today, Senator Carol Liu pulled the helmet mandate from her bill. Helmet mandates don’t make streets safer. They discourage people from riding, and they are enforced inequitably. Your California Bicycle Coalition asked her to pull the bill, and thousands of people from across California chimed in on our petition. Senator Liu heard nearly unanimous opposition […]

National Bike Summit 2015 Report

With Republicans in charge as Congress considers the next six years of federal transportation funding, this year’s National Bike Summit and Women’s Forum took on a new urgency. From Tuesday to Thursday last week, approximately 50 delegates from California met to share best practices in bicycle advocacy, emphasizing the importance of equity and inclusion, and […]

SF in line to lead the state with Vision Zero campaign

Last year, the 21 people killed while walking or biking in San Francisco represented the highest count since 2007, as noted a statement from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Walk San Francisco. In response, the SF Bicycle Coalition, WalkSF, and over twenty community groups are calling on the Board of Supervisors, the SFMTA and Mayor Ed Lee to […]

Stop caring about auto congestion in environmental analysis, says OPR

A new law changes a perverse aspect of the California Environmental Quality Act that required local agencies to consider delays to motor vehicles worse for the environment than negative impacts on bicycle safety. The Governor’s Office of Planning & Research is writing new guidelines to comply with the law, eliminating “automobile level of service” as […]