Bike Safety from CALBIKE


Every day millions of people safely ride bicycles for transportation. So can you!

Learning these five essential bicycling skills that can improve your safety on the road and significantly reduce your risk of injury.

These five skills build on each other, starting with the most basic skill that offers the most protection. Each skill is the foundation for the next. Think of each as offering a “layer” of protection – with each skill you master, you add another protective layer. You’ll be safest when you understand and master all five skills and put them into practice each time you ride.

Now that you’ve read about the five skills, check out the skills in action. And remember to have fun and stay safe!

Learning bike safety essentials on this site is no substitute for what you learn on your bicycle in a bicycle safety class. Local advocacy groups, public health departments and cycling clubs throughout California offer classes. These are taught by instructors who are certified by the League of American Bicyclists.

Over 80 Organizations Stand with CalBike Calling for Reforms on Proposed Spending Package



On Monday, 82 organizations endorsed a set of recommendations, developed by CalBike and our allies, to call for changes in a deal to increase revenue for transportation system maintenance. The deal, two years in the making, invests too much in the old transportation paradigm of roads, including expansion. It will keep people stuck in their cars instead of giving Californians real,  sustainable and affordable options.

A letter delivered to Senate Transportation Committee Chair Jim Beall of San Jose, Assembly Transportation Committee Chair Jim Frazier of Oakley, and Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly, expresses support for the main goal of the funding deal — new revenue to maintain roads — and some specific aspects of the deal, including its increased investment in the Active Transportation Program to provide more grants to local jurisdictions for trails, bikeways, and sidewalks, Open Streets events and Safe Routes to School programs. However, in order to make real progress in reforming our transportation system for the future, the 82 organizations signed on to the letter are asking for the following key reforms to be included in the package:

  1. Prioritize the funding toward vulnerable, low-income communities that who are disproportionately in need of alternative transportation options, greater mobility, and bear the brunt of the health and safety impacts of our transportation system.
  2. Dramatically increase funding to provide high-quality, efficient transit service especially for low-income individuals and families.
  3. Ensure we can meet our state climate change and air quality standards by carefully tracking any investment spent on expanding roads and freeways.
  4. Require expertise in climate change, environmental justice, walk, bike, and transit for future appointments to the California Transportation Commission, which oversees state and federal transportation funding and advises the Legislature.
  5. Protect the integrity of the California Environmental Quality Act, which reduces environmental impacts and improves transportation project outcomes.


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CalBike announces 2016 primary endorsements

The California Bicycle Coalition issued their endorsements this week in the state’s Assembly and Senate races.

The advocacy organization asked each candidate how much they support bicycling. How much do they ride? Do they support more funding for bicycle infrastructure? Do they support a “complete streets” requirement that all road maintenance take bicycle safety into account? Do they oppose using greenhouse gas funding for more roads?

Based on their answers to the survey and the results of outreach to their own members across the state, CalBike chose to endorse nine candidates:

AD 37 – Monique Limon – Trustee, Santa Barbara USD
AD 40 – Abigail Medina – Trustee, San Bernardino USD
AD 43 – Laura Friedman – Councilmember, Glendale
AD 65 – Sharon Quirk-Silva – Former Mayor of Fullerton and Assemblymember
AD 66 – Al Muratsuchi – Former Assemblymember, Torrance, CA
AD 78 – Todd Gloria – Councilmember, San Diego

SD 9 – Nancy Skinner – Former Member, State Assembly
SD 25 – Katherine Perez-Estolano – Member, High-Speed Rail Board/Businesswoman, San Gabriel Valley
SD 35 – Steven Bradford – Former Assemblymember, author of “Three Feet for Safety Act”
SD 39 – Toni Atkins – Member, State Assembly, San Diego