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CALBIKEREPORT

News from the California Bicycle Coalition 

MARCH 2012 

NATIONAL SCENE

Bike advocates make progress in D.C. 

 

Protecting funding for bicycling was the only game in town at last week's National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Nearly 100 Californians joined advocates from throughout the U.S. to tell their congressional representatives that the federal transportation bill must preserve dedicated funding for bicycling facilities and programs.

Responding to intense pressure mounted by us and other bike advocates since last November, the Senate recently amended its version of the bill to do that. Now the House of Representatives is feeling the pressure, especially Republicans who could help us win. 

 

California's delegation at the 2012 National Bike Summit 
IN THE STATE CAPITAL
Bill would tax new bikes

Legislation authored by Assembly Member Wilma Carter of Rialto would add $2 to the price of new bikes sold in California to raise money for bike trails in state parks. Assembly Bill 1989 is a well-intentioned, if misguided, effort meant to protect the beleaguered state park system from taking a big hit if Congress decides to eliminate dedicated funding for recreational trails. Mountain bike advocates have taken the lead in responding to this bill.

Read about current bike-related legislation

Transportation Choices Summit

Sharing information and educating lawmakers will be the focus of the Transportation Choices Summit and Advocacy Day in Sacramento, May 1-2. The program will cover funding for public transit and bicyclist and pedestrian safety, affordable housing near transit, and the economic and health benefits of providing better transportation choices. We're part of the coalition of transportation and health organizations sponsoring the event.
AROUND THE STATE

Employee bicycle access ordinance: San Francisco commercial landlords can no longer prohibit bikes from buildings and elevators under a groundbreaking ordinance recently enacted. Sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, owners of commercial buildings who do not provide secure bike parking must allow tenants to bring their bikes through lobbies and elevators if a tenant requests access, so that employees can keep their bikes next to their desks if they want.


Committed to bikes: The Marin County Bicycle Coalition's annual 2012 Bike Locally Challenge features an essay contest to give away six bikes to local non-cyclists who commit to riding for six months. This year's contest includes a pair of bikes for a parent-child team and a cargo bike for a family.

 

Crowdsourcing: To help support CicLAvia, the huge open streets event scheduled for Apr. 15 in Los Angeles, organizers have once again turned to the crowdsourced fundraising website Kickstarter. They're racing an Apr. 5 all-or-nothing deadline to raise $12,000. They reached their goal last year!

 

Ciclavia - October 9th, 2011
CicLAvia - Oct. 9, 2011

 

Bikes, not gangs: Next month the Monterey County Youth Center introduces bike repair and safety classes for teens enrolled in the center's gang violence prevention program. Local bike shops, manufacturers and advocates, as well as the Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic, are some of the partners behind the program.  

 

Attracting bicyclists: More than 145 businesses throughout Long Beach offer bicyclists a discount or deal every Saturday, the nation's largest citywide discount program for bicyclists. Last year Long Beach introduced the nation's first bicycle-friendly business districts as a way to get residents out of their cars and onto their bikes. 

CALENDAR
California Springtime Protest Pedal, April 12-22

Next month Santa Maria bicyclist Bob Okerblom leaves Sacramento for a 10-day trip down the California coast to protest the governor's veto of two bills that would have made our streets and roads safer for bicyclists, including Senate Bill 910, our 3-foot-passing bill. This fully supported ride ends in San Diego.


For Okerblom, the cause is intensely personal. In 2009 he lost his 19-year-old son Eric to a texting driver who hit him from behind during a bike ride. Okerblom and his wife Eilene estabished a foundation in Eric's memory to educate teens about the hazards of distracted driving. They've also lobbied actively for SB 28, which would have increased distracted driving penalties and also urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign SB 910. Brown vetoed both bills last fall.

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