The funds we raise at our parties benefit our Bikeways to Everywhere Initiative, which advocates for safe, comfortable, connected bikeway networks for all Californians.
What are bikeway networks? Bikeway networks link every destination in a community through a network of quiet bicycle boulevards, bike paths, and protected bike lanes. The money you raise on this ride will support our work pushing for more state funding for bikeway networks, and helping local communities access those funds.
How does CalBike push for connected bikeway networks?
By changing state law. We won the first phase of our initiative with the 2014 Protected Bikeways Act, which legalized protected bike lanes -- lanes that are protected from car traffic by a physical barrier, such as a row of parked cars or planters. (These are the kinds of bike lanes have been proven to get hesitant riders to hop on a bike.) Before that act, it was essentially illegal to build protected bike lanes in California!
By changing state policy. We also succeeded in getting the California Transportation Agency to endorse progressive standards for designing great bikeways, making it a lot easier for local agencies to get excellent bike lanes and bike paths built.
By getting more funding for bikeway networks. Now that protected bike lanes are legal, we're pushing hard on the next phase of our campaign: getting more funding for creating low-stress, complete bicycle networks. We're pushing for a huge increase to funding -- big grants of $25 to $50 million dollars for communities to connect their existing bikeways, closing all the gaps so that people can get where they need to go.
By educating people around the state about how to actually build great bikeways. We travel around the state educating local policymakers and planners about two things: how important it is to build protected bike lanes and connected bikeways; and how to get the money they need to make them a reality. We help communities compete for transportation money to make sure that more of that money goes to bicycling projects (like protected bike lanes).