Park Planned for East Side of Bay Bridge - Oakland Tribune

Caltrans, Oakland, the Bay Area Toll Authority and six other agencies are trying to provide more fun, scenery and character to the East Bay shoreline with ambitious plans for a waterfront park with eye-catching attractions for visitors and bridge users.

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Thousands Play in the Streets as Oaklavia Transforms Downtown Oakland - Streetsblog

Oaklavia transformed a swath of downtown Oakland to a vibrant streetscape Sunday, in its first ever ciclovia-style event, with café seating in the streets, yoga classes, dancers, musicians, food carts and games. More than two thirds of the estimated 3,000 - 4,000 people who turned out to experience the joy of car-free streets were people who rode their bicycles.

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West Span Bay Bridge Bike Lanes Clear Hurdle

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On June 21st, BABC's Executive Director, Andrew Casteel, and Dave Campbell of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC) joined SB1061's sponsor, State Senator Loni Hancock, to urge the State Assembly's Transportation Committee to approve SB1061, which allows for the use of local bridge tolls to fund the west span bicycle-pedestrian-maintenance pathway on the bay bridge.  Our statements of support stressed the importance of completing shore-to-shore pedestrian and bicycle access to fighting congestion, increasing tourism and reducing pollution.  The committee voted 7-3 to approve SB1061, which will now go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee and then a full Assembly vote.  Our thanks go out to Senator Hancock for sponsoring this important legislation and all our partners whose continued support of SB1061 through letters, testimony and phone calls have brought the bill and the dream of shore-to-shore access closer than ever before.  BABC is already mobilizing support for SB1061's approval by the Appropriations Committee as we continue our work to ensure shore-to-shore access for all road users.

West Span Bay Bridge Bike Lanes Clear Hurdle - CBS 5

Safe Routes to School avoids a House vote to cut it - for now

On Monday, we shared an alert from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership with you warning you about the possibility that the federal Safe Routes to School program could be targeted for a House floor vote to cut the program. Rep. Cantor (R-VA) had identified Safe Routes to School as one of five options that the public could vote on cutting through his YouCut initiative. Fortunately, Safe Routes to School will not be subject to a vote this week as one of the other YouCut options, selling off excess federal property, got the most votes.
 
On very short notice, advocates across the country sprang into action and contacted their Members of Congress to ask them to vote against any effort to cut Safe Routes to School.  More than 1150 people used the League of American Bicyclists' advocacy system in a 24-hour period to contact their Members of Congress via email.  We also heard from many others that made phone calls or contacted a Congressional staff person directly that wouldn't be included in that tally.
 
BABC would like to thank the Safe Routes to School National Partnership for their leadership and all the national, state and local organizations that helped quickly spread the word about this threat.  And, thank you to everyone who took the time to contact their Members of Congress.  Even though there was not a vote this time, it helped raise awareness about the importance of Safe Routes to School and the wide support it has across the country.
 
However, we will have to remain vigilant.  This isn't the first time Rep. Cantor has attacked bicycling and walking, and his press secretary has stated that bicycling and walking will likely be the subject of future YouCut votes. 

Help Stop the Attack on Federal Safe Routes to School Funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation has made safety its number one priority, and Safe Routes to School is critical to improving safety for some of our most vulnerable citizens.  More than 6,500 schools and communities have received grants made available from the federal Safe Routes to School program to make important safety improvements—such as putting in sidewalks, pathways or crosswalks—to make it safer for children to walk and bicycle to school. Studies have shown that Safe Routes to School improvements reduce bicycle and pedestrian collisions by 49%.

DOT Bicycle-Pedestrian Policy gets "Thumbs Up"

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocates Present Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood
with a Letter of Thanks and Support for his new Policy

The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition along with 274 other bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations signed a letter of thanks for Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHoods new comprehensive policy which recognizes the importance of biking and walking to an efficient and healthy transportation system.

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California California Senate Passes SB1061 - We're Another Step Closer to Bike Access Across the Entire Bay Bridge!

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Senate Bill 1061 (D-Hancock) was passed by the California Senate today.  It is now moving on to the Assembly committees for review before it would be voted on by the full Assembly.  This bill would allow toll revenues from the region to fund a Bicycle-Pedestrian-Maintenance pathway on the west span of the Bay Bridge, completing shore to shore bike and pedestrian access from San Francisco to Oakland.  The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition would like to thank State Senator Loni Hancock for sponsoring SB1061 and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, California Bicycle Coalition and our numerous other partners who have supported this bill.  Together we are making the dream of shore to shore access for bicycles and pedestrians a reality.  We will keep working to get this bill passed by the Assembly so make sure to check back for new updates.

Tell your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Complete Streets Act of 2009!

Today, the National Complete Streets Coalition is thrilled to join with Transportation for America, America Bikes, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership to bicycle down Pennsylvania Avenue, America’s main street, and publicly express our thanks to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for all his hard work to make sure that walking and biking are on equal footing with other modes for safety, convenience, and accessibility.

DOT’s new policy is a step forward, but if we’re going to make our streets safer for all users, we need Congress to change federal law to make complete streets the standard — not the exception. Only through a strong federal complete streets policy can we end the project-by-project fight for safer roads for people who are bicycling, walking, and taking public transportation.

Join the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition in support of complete streets and take action: Tell your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Complete Streets Act of 2009!

The Complete Streets Act would ensure that future federally funded transportation projects take into account the needs of everyone using the roads – old and young, bicycle riders and drivers, pedestrians and public transportation users.

National Bike Month has been an exciting chance to celebrate and encourage more active transportation. Thanking Secretary LaHood will be a great way to end a landmark month.

Thank you in advance for taking action!

Bike to Work Day is This Thursday!

Happy Bike to Work Day

Get you and your bike ready to ride

Visit your nearest Energizer Station to get free snacks, a canvas bike bag and good cheer!

After work, check out a Bike Away From Work Party

Share your tweets and Flickr photos with us by tagging them with #BTWD2010

Remember that the best 5 pictures that are shared with us, win free Bike to Work Day T-shirts!

Download iBikeChallenge the Free Team Bike Challenge iPhone App


The iBikeChallenge is a free iPhone application that lets you use your iPhone’s GPS to record bike trips for the Team Bike Challenge. Recording a trip is as simple as tapping start, riding your bike and tapping save. iBikeChallenge saves maps of all your rides so you can keep track of everywhere you’ve biked. It also lets you check your points for the Team Bike Challenge anywhere at anytime so you can stay ahead of the competition. You can even check which Team Bike Challenge medals you’ve earned and which you need to complete for bonus points. By recording your bike trips with iBikeChallenge you’re helping build a better future for bicycling as city planners can use the anonymized route data to figure out where new bike facilities are needed.

Learn more about iBikeChallenge and download it for your iPhone.

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