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Re: [bike-355] Funding increases, Open Streets and more! July update for the CBC

From: Dave
Sent on: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 9:09 PM
I don't agree with funding increases, given our economic state.
I received an email from rails to trails asking me to urge the gov't for more funding for bike trails.
Here is my response:

I agree with Senator Paul. The democrats have spent way way too much of our money
on obamacare and countless other worthless programs designed to ruin our economy.

The federal budget is already on the brink of disaster with the democrats
under the fantastic illusion that the budget deficit does not matter.

We need to pull back on spending to reduce the damage they did, before we all go over the brink.
We need to bring a sense of responsibility back to the federal government, instead of
the scandals & complete disgrace we have now.

It's time we act not for our own bicycling interests,  but what is best for the country.
I love bicycling, but the financial health of my country is immeasurably more important than more bike trail funding.

I vote NO to this & any non essential programs.

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Subject: [bike-355] Funding increases, Open Streets and more! July update for the CBC

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Subject: Funding increases, Open Streets and more! July update for the CBC
Date: Wed, 31 Jul[masked]:22:06 -0400 (EDT)

Open Streets events, where streets are closed to vehicle traffic and are opened up to bicyclists and pedestrians, are growing in popularity throughout California. This summer will see open streets events in three new California cities: Oakland, San Diego, and Salinas. [Read more...]
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Governor's Transportation Agency increases bike funding by 30%
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After months of negotiations with the Governor's office, CalBike's campaign for #betterbikeways is on the verge of celebrating a big victory for bike/ped funding. If the Legislature approves it next month, the newly created Active Transportation Program (ATP) increases funding from about $90 million to about $124 million. [read more...]
3-Foot Passing Bill Moves Forward   
The third time may be the charm for a 3-foot passing law for California bicyclists. AB 1371 has been passed by the California State Assembly and is pending a vote by the CA Senate with the expectation it will pass with flying colors. However, there are some concerns: [read more...]
Next steps for the California Bicycle Advisory Committee
A CalBike effort to improve the California Bicycle Advisory Committee concludes tomorrow when it meets with new members operating with a new committee charter. More bicycle advocacy organizations are at the table -- welcome Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Bike Bakersfield! -- and a new chair and vice chair will be elected at our meeting. We'll also welcome the state's new Bicycle Program Manager, Paul Moore.  


San Francisco takes a huge step in the right direction
The San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency's new Bicycle Strategy is the state's most serious look at what it would take to triple bicycling. The SFMTA's Timothy Papandreou analyzed what it would take to triple cycling to 10% of trips to work, up from a little over 3% today.  [read more...]
Bicycling Growing Fastest Among People of Color
The League of American Bicyclists recently released a report that validates the observations of many California bicyclists: namely, the community of bicyclists is rapidly becoming more diverse. Bicycling trips have more than doubled across the nation between 2001 and 2009, driven largely by young people and people of color. The report finds that the fastest growth in bicycling has come from both the African American and Latino communities. Our movement is getting stronger in its diversity which will be reflected in our 2013 California by Bike Summit to be held in Oakland this Nov 7-10. You can read the whole report for yourself here.

Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocate's Jim Brown at TEDx Sacramento
Jim Brown, former Communications Director for CalBike and the current Executive Director for SABA shares how bicycling connects us not only with ourselves but with each other as well. He also shares his own personal story of the bike becoming his sole means of transportation and how it makes him feel like a happy kid again.


Welcome our new Administrative Director, Ryan Price!
Ryan has a background in community organizing and grassroots outreach around the Bay Area. He is originally from Southern California where he grew up riding BMXs. Now that he's moved to the bike-friendly city of Emeryville, he has fully embraced east bay biking culture. He is a passionate advocate of bicycling and is focusing is to help all bike advocates in California collaborate together for our common goal. Here he is on our website.

California by Bike Summit Update

Mark your calendars for Thurs Nov 7 through Sun Nov 10th 2013
This year the summit will focus on "Mainstreaming the Bike in California Culture" and how we can build opportunity and capacity for bicycling by connecting and collaborating with diverse audiences, industries and talent pools. Look for our summit specific website to be live in early August. For those who want to book their flights early the summit activities will run from Thursday afternoon to late Sunday afternoon. 

Our Summit Call for Proposals is Now Open!
Through Friday August 24th at midnight CalBike is accepting proposals for presentations, workshops, networking/events and videos. This year our emphasis is on active engagement and experiential learning for summit participants. All details can be found here. Proposals can be emailed to [address removed].

Thank You for Your Photos!
Earlier this summer we put out a photo call for images to use to promote the summit and illustrate the broad scope of bicycling passion in our beautiful state. We received an array of gorgeous images we'll be sharing with you soon. Thank you to everyone who was willing to share!

CalBike hiring a social media intern
We are seeking a creative person interested in practicing their social media skills, who keeps updated with the politics of biking, and wants to help strategize online campaigns for biking in California. If you're interested, or have questions email Ryan.

Safe Routes to School National Conference
August 13-15, 2013
Sacramento, CA

Join our allies in helping children walk and bike to school. Registration for the fourth national conference, this time hosted in our own capital city, is now open.

California Bike Summit 2013
November 7-10, 2013
Oakland, California
Mark your calendars. We're planning a fantastic event for the best, brightest, and hardest working bicycle advocates in California. Here and here's why we're also going to make sure this summit is truly representative of California's communities. Registration opens early August. 

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