California Bicycle Coalition Education Fund


Mission Statement

We advocate for equitable, inclusive, and prosperous communities where bicycling helps to enable all Californians to lead healthy and joyful lives.


In 1994, a group of everyday bicyclists founded the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) to empower Californians who wanted more bicycle-friendly communities. With support from the Bicycle Federation of America, they worked with political and community leaders to win more funding for bicycle infrastructure and education. In 1999, CalBike incorporated its sister organization, the California Bicycle Coalition Education Fund, to focus on charitable work supported by tax-deductible donations. In 2016, CalBike incorporated its Political Action Committee to help voters elect the most bicycle-friendly candidates.
Early policy accomplishments included, in 1997, tripling funding in the “Bicycle Lane Account” and pushing for a law that in 1999 established the nation’s first Safe Routes to School program, dedicating the unprecedented sum of $115 million for bicycle and pedestrian safety projects near California schools.  CalBike successfully compelled Caltrans to adopt a strong “complete streets” policy that requires bicycling and walking to be considered in all transportation projects; legislation in 2002 extended that requirement to cities and counties throughout the state. In 2013, we pushed through the Three Feet for Safety Act, requiring motorists to give bicyclists three feet of clearance when passing; the law went into effect in 2014. That year, our Protected Bike Lanes Act made it legal to build protected bike lanes in California; since the law went into effect we have shaped state-level guidelines to encourage protected bike lanes and intersections, making Caltrans a leader in the kind of people-friendly street design that encourages bicycling among people of all ages, cultures, genders, and income levels.
Since 2003, the California Bicycle Coalition has hosted the biennial California Bicycle Summit to support bicycle advocates in local nonprofits and in government agencies and private industry. Annually for the past two decades, Calbike has organized an advocacy day in the state capital to facilitate meetings between legislators and bicycle advocates. We have organized trainings, conferences, workshops and direct support for bicycle and equity advocates, sharing best practices with local and state-level leaders.
Since 2014, we have increasingly focused on transportation justice. We have succeeded in shaping grant guidelines and priorities to ensure that a majority of state bike/walk funds go to disadvantaged communities and provided local stakeholders with training to help them access bike/walk infrastructure funding. In 2017, we launched our Walk Bike Youth Leaders Program, offering young transportation advocacy leaders’ the skills and knowledge to effectively promote sustainable transportation policy; that year we also launched a new strategic plan focusing on transportation equity.

Program Details

Strategic Goals 2017-2022

1. Prioritize underserved communities in transportation spending and policy decisions

Win explicit priority for low-income communities and communities of color in state transportation spending. Win a set-aside for community needs.
Improve decision-making at the state, regional, and local levels through more transparency and more democratic representation. Improve and reform the California Transportation Commission and related bodies.

2. Improve the built environment for biking, walking and transit

Increase funding for biking and walking networks. Win new funding programs, strengthen and expand complete streets policies.
Change design practices to encourage biking and walking. Make protected bike lanes the new normal. Get Caltrans to publish a world-leading bike and pedestrian design guide.
Expand access to bikes. Make high-quality bikes including e-bikes affordable for more people. Expand bike share to all regions and make it accessible to all communities.

3. Change our transportation policies to support an equitable, environmentally sustainable, and safe future

Reduce vehicle miles traveled by 30% by 2022. Equitably reduce subsidies for driving.
Ensure that the impact of autonomous vehicle networks is to increase walking and bicycling and affordable, equitable, and safe public mobility. Advance smart regulations.
Reform enforcement as a safety strategy. Advance automated speed enforcement. Support community-based approaches that counter racial profiling. Improve district attorney treatment of violations. Reduce tickets issued against people walking and biking.
Increase bicycling especially to support economic prosperity and sustainability. Support community bicycles shops for neighborhood empowerment and job skills development. Encourage bicycle tourism especially in economically deprived areas.

4. Strengthen the power of the transportation justice movement

Coordinate and strengthen a network of local, regional, and state organizations dedicated to transportation justice. Be a follower, an ally, and a leader as appropriate, with diverse organizations.
Strengthen local partners. Share best practices. Provide trainings and technical support. Develop a bicycle awareness license plate to fund local organizations.
Elect allies to office. Recruit qualified candidates. Activate the CalBike PAC.
Support increased education and encouragement as an opportunity to strengthen advocacy. Increase funding for advocacy-oriented outreach. Encourage and support more diversion programs. Continue support for youth education and organizing.
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