Team Bike Challenge Registrations Are Now Open!

Are you ready to make everyday Bike to Work Day? Then sign up for the Team Bike Challenge . Get your team of 2-5 riders together and compete to commute by bike as often as possible through the month of May. Get the most points in your county to win prizes for everyone on your team.  Sign up at today!

2010 Bike Commuter of the Year Nominations close April 19th

April 19th is the last day to submit your 2010 Bike Commuter of the Year nominations. Click the link and nominate your favorite cyclist!






Transportation planners revive plan for $10 vehicle registration fee increase (Press Democrat)

Sonoma County transportation planners on Monday revived a proposed $10 increase in vehicle registration fees which could be used for transit, bike lanes, a school safety program or fixing potholes. A final decision on whether to put the fee proposal on the November ballot and how the money might be spent will be made in May. That will allow the members of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority time to get direction from their individual city councils on whether to move forward with the vote. Read more...


Please Support Re-Opening the Alto Tunnel

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition is seeking your support to re-open the Alto Tunnel. Re-opening the Alto Tunnel will close the gap that currently exists for safe bicycle/pedestrian travel between Mill Valley and Corte Madera. Our online petition describes reasons why the tunnel should be re-opened.  Signing the petition takes about two minutes of your time. Thank you for your support! During open time at the Marin County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on January 26, 2010, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition provided a 64 page report recommending changes and pointing out omissions associated with the draft Mill Valley to Corte Madera Bicycle and Pedestrian Corridor Study which was completed by consultants Alta/LandPeople at a cost of $225,000 to the County. Read more...

`Incredible ride' for bicycle leader (Contra Costa Times)

The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition would like to thank Robert Raburn for his years of service on the BABC Board of Directors.  Robert has been a great ally for bicycling not only in the East Bay but throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  He worked for many years to develop the Caltrans District 4 Bicycle Advisory Committee to give cyclists a voice on important policies affecting cycling in the Bay Area.  He also worked on reforming CEQA legislation at the state level which will make it easier to design and build sustainable communities with the density needed to promote biking and walking trips.  We wish Robert all the best in his new endeavors.  Here's an article from the Contra Costa Times on Robert's legacy in bicycle advocacy.



Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS)

Over the next few years, the Bay Area will develop its first Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) with the goal of aligning transportation investment, land use, and housing policies to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.  BABC is working with partners including Transform to ensure that these new policies encourage investment in biking, walking and transit.  Click here for more information on the Sustainable Communities Strategies

BABC's Sustainable Communities Strategies Platform

Transportation investments

Transportation Demand Models must include bicycling and walking forecasts.
Transportation Demand Models play an important role in determining funding priorities for transportation funding.  Models that do not include biking and walking forecasts inevitably focus efforts on improving auto travel.  California should adopt new transportation demand modeling programs and standards which can measure the effect of transportation planning decisions on biking and walking to ensure that all modes are represented in the data that transportation funding decisions are based on.

Improved Bike and Pedestrian Data Collection
Comprehensive annual bike and pedestrian counts using the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project are needed to provide accurate data for Transportation Demand Models to use in predicting changes in bicycle and pedestrian modeshare.

The American Communities Survey is currently the primary source for bicycling and walking modeshare data.  The survey underreports biking and walking as many of those trips are part of a multimodal trip where they provide connection to transit and are thus classified as such on the results.  This is why annual bike and pedestrian counts and the installation of automated counters are necessary to provide accurate data.

The result of insufficient and inaccurate bicycle and pedestrian modeshare data is that evaluation of GHG reductions from various transportation investments is currently skewed against biking and walking as current data sources underestimate the volume of bike and pedestrian commute trips.

GHG emissions should be primary target for reduction rather than Vehicle Hours of Delay (VHD)
Currently VHD have such a high value that investments such as the Freeway Performance Initiative, which actually increases Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT), are given priority for their cost-effectiveness.  In the long term, the additional VMT created will cause additional VHD, reducing the long term effectiveness of such investments.

Programs to reduce GHG emissions should be required to not increase VMT.
Programs that reduce GHG emissions primarily through reductions in congestion end up increasing VMT by encouraging more vehicle use.  Though these programs reduce GHG emissions in the short term by creating additional roadway capacity through decreased congestion, in the long term they will encourage more vehicle use, which will increase congestion and increase GHG emissions.

Our focus for GHG reductions should be on encouraging more transit, biking and walking trips rather than reducing congestion, which will only encourage more vehicle use and create increased emissions in the long run.

Establish minimum bicycle parking requirements for new developments
To encourage bicycling, new and majorly renovated developments should be required to include bike parking facilities that meet or exceed the expected bicycle modeshare for their area.

Signalization must work for all road users
Bicycle detection should be included into the construction of all new intersections and should be added to existing intersections.

Signals that do not detect bicycles discourage commute cycling by increasing travel times and encourage cyclists to disregard signals.

Encourage the use of alternative measures to LOS in CEQA reviews
New changes to CEQA allow for alternative measures other than LOS to be used for reviews.  LOS discourages dense urban development which should be encouraged, as it encourages higher transit, biking and walking modeshares.

Alternatives such as MultiModal LOS and Auto Trips Generated should be encouraged as they capture the effects of development on biking, walking and transit much more effectively.

As these changes to CEQA are new and allow flexibility in the choice of which metric to use in reviews, it is critical to support the use of alternatives to LOS as many counties and cities currently choose LOS because they are more familiar with it and want to ensure that they are not subject to legal challenges for choosing newer metrics.

Require a minimum of 4% of Transportation funds to be spent on non-motorized infrastructure.
The American Community Survey estimates that 1% of Californians commute by bike.  We should set a goal of 4% bicycle mode share by 2020 and fund non-motorized infrastructure accordingly.

Establishing an effective non-motorized transportation network is the most effective means of reducing GHG emissions over the long term.

50% of all trips in California are less than 5 miles in length, which is a perfect distance for biking or walking.

Bicycle and pedestrian access shall be established in new construction and reconstruction projects in all urbanized areas
Caltrans  Complete Streets policy or Deputy Directive 64 revision 1 currently “provides for the needs of all travelers of all ages and abilities in all planning, programming, design, construction, operation and maintenance activieies and products on the state highway system.” But we need a stronger policy to support non-motorized transportation.

Florida has already approved a policy that requires new construction and reconstruction projects to include bicycle and pedestrian access.  Their policy is available for review at:

Safe Routes to Transit
Bicycles are an important link in multimodal trips.  They provide quick and flexible connections to transit which in turn increase transit modeshare and reduce auto trips.  As such, the state should provide Safe Routes to Transit funding to support bike connections to transit.

Transit Agencies should include questions in their surveys to their riders on how they connect to their transit trips (bike, walk, drive, other transit, etc.) to evaluate whether they are adequately supporting biking and walking connections to their routes with parking, ramps and other access improvements.

New Sources of Funding

Carbon Cap and Trade Income from AB32
AB32 allows investment of income from the cap and trade program to be used for SCS planning that is in accordance with Strategic Growth Council guidelines.  The latest Economics and Allocations Advisory Committee (EAAC) recommendations are available at:

Bike to Work Day 2010 is on Thursday May 13th

The San Francisco Bay Area's 16th Annual Bike to Work Day will take place on Thursday, May 13th, 2010. Bike to Work Day is the premier bicycling event taking place in all of Northern California with all nine Bay Area counties participating in the celebration. The event is just one day of many events taking place in May as part of National Bike Month.  Visit for more information and to enter our free raffle.

Transportation Secretary on Biking, Walking and ‘What Americans Want’ (NY Times)

The United States transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, recently caused a stir when he proclaimed that bicycling and walking should be given the same consideration as motorized transport in state and local transit projects. Supporters, who continue to post notes of adulation and thanks on Mr. LaHood’s Facebook page, say the acknowledgment of biking and walking as legitimate modes of transportation is long overdue. Critics, conversely, believe the secretary is taking the country in the wrong direction. Read more...

Marin scores another $6 million for bike paths (Marin Independent Journal)

Marin has landed additional bike bucks, more than $6 million worth. The extra money designated for Marin County bicycle and pedestrian programs was included as part of a $15 billion bill signed by President Obama last month that extended federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 31. That is on top of $25 million in federal dollars the county received in 2005 as part of the "Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program" to evaluate whether construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, along with educational and outreach programs, can encourage bicycling and walking as a way to cut car trips. Read more...

California greenhouse gas law still has majority support, Field Poll finds (Sacramento Bee)

The state's controversial global warming law still has the support of a majority of Californians despite growing doubts about its potential impact on the economy, according to a Field Poll released Tuesday. The poll shows 58 percent of registered voters support Assembly Bill 32, which will require significant reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions. The poll was commissioned by Next 10, a San Francisco nonprofit group that supports green technology and reducing gases blamed for global warming. Next 10 released the survey as AB 32 is essentially fighting for its life; a conservative group, bankrolled by Texas oil companies, is pushing a ballot initiative to delay the law's implementation until the economy recovers. Read more...



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