Bike commute month 'Tis the season for mileage logs, team challenges and energizer stations. Communities throughout California are gearing up to promote bike commuting during May, designated as National Bike Month by the League of American Bicyclists. Among the many activities are the Revive Your Bike event in Fresno, a bike swap meet in Arcata, bike commuter convoys in San Francisco, the annual Bike Week Celebration in Santa Barbara, the Capitol Bike Fest in Sacramento and the blessing of the bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.
Learn more about statewide activities at the California Bicycle Coalition's California Bike Commute website. Contact the CBC to list bike-to-work events on the site and about using the site to log mileage at no cost.
North State ciclovia Redding's first ciclovia, called Shasta Living Streets, attracted some 600 people to two miles of open streets in conjunction with the city's annual Whole Earth & Watershed Festival.
"The amount of excitement and support we received is amazing," said Anne Wallach Thomas, lead coordinator with Shasta Living Streets. "This program clearly supports the values and interests of our community. People are inspired and the energy is still building - we are still getting encouragement, requests and ideas coming from many people." The California Bicycle Coalition serves as fiscal sponsor of Shasta Living Streets.
Early on the morning of the event, organizers received a congratulatory email message from renowned open streets advocate Gil Peņalosa, who championed car-free Sundays as former parks commissioner in Bogota, Colombia, where the ciclovia movement began in the 1970s.
San Rafael complete streets San Rafael's city council this month approved a complete streets policy along with an updated bicycle and pedestrian master plan for the city. Adoption of the complete streets policy gives the city access to funding through Measure B, a county ballot measure approved last November to fund traffic management projects. The city also approved a master plan for bicycling and pedestrian facilities that was three years in the making.
The California Bicycle Coalition led efforts to enact statewide complete streets legislation in 2008 and also encouraged Caltrans' adoption of a department-wide complete streets policy that year.
Long Beach cycle-tracks Late this month Long Beach opened more than two miles of separated bikeways, also known as cycle-tracks. A first in Southern California, these Dutch-style bike lanes are physically separated from other traffic by curbs and medians along most of the route. Special bike signals will help bicyclists and motorists negotiate key intersections.
Photo by Joe Linton
The CBC wants to enable more communities to install innovative bike facilities like the cycle-tracks and other facilities in Long Beach. As a first step, the CBC is sponsoring Assembly Bill 345 to expand the membership of the California Traffic Control Devices Committee, which advises Caltrans on statewide standards for bike lanes, cross walks, traffic signs and signals. The state's two main auto clubs have seats on the committee, but bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users are not represented.
Gerald Desmond Bridge The $1 billion project to replace the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge over the entrance to the Port of Long Beach will provide access to bicyclists and pedestrians, the port concluded last month. The decision caps a year-long effort to ensure bike and pedestrian access on the new bridge, which will continue to carry the Pacific Coast Highway through the port, as well as local and commuter traffic to and from the port.
Late this month the Long Beach city council voted to recommend naming the bike-ped path after local bike advocate Mark Bixby, who died in a plane crash two days after the port approved the project. Bixby led the campaign for bike-ped facilities on the bridge.