FW: ūüö≤¬†CalBike Report March 31, 2020: Bike Shops Ruled Essential; Closing Streets for Physical Distancing

Donna Luporini Kaplan

“As a result of pressure from you and bicyclists across the country, bike shops are now included as essential infrastructure in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security guidelines."


From: California Bicycle Coalition <cbc@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:52 PM
To: Donna Luporini Kaplan <luporini@...>
Subject: ūüö≤¬†CalBike Report March 31, 2020: Bike Shops Ruled Essential; Closing Streets for Physical Distancing


Dear CalBike Family,

We hope this message finds you healthy and safe. On this Cesar Chavez Day, we send our heartfelt gratitude and best wishes to the essential workers who are growing our food, tending to our sick, and keeping our infrastructure working during this pandemic. 

Your CalBike team is still hard at work (from our separate homes, of course) shining a bright light on the importance and utility of bikes for everyday transportation. As always, bikes are part of the solution, and this economic and public health crisis is no exception. 

Bike Shops Ruled Essential and May Stay Open!

As more people turn to bikes as essential transportation, bike shops are performing a critically important service. And yet, we heard reports from across the state of police trying to close bicycle repair shops. So we acted to change that.

Last week, CalBike sent a letter to the California Department of Public Health, asking for clarification that bike shops are essential California businesses and may stay open during California’s stay at home order. 

The response we got was overwhelming. More than 2,830 CalBike supporters and allies signed onto our letter. As a result of pressure from you and bicyclists across the country, bike shops are now included as essential infrastructure in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security guidelines. California references DHS guidelines in its order, so California bike shops may remain open to service the transportation needs of Californians, just like car repair shops.

Bike riding is the perfect, physically-distanced transportation for this moment. CalBike is working hard to make sure biking is a safe and healthy option for all Californians.

Your CalBike Staff



COVID-19 Reshapes Legislative Agenda









California's legislative leaders have turned their focus, rightly, to the response to COVID-19. Understandably, with hundreds of canceled hearings, they have asked all legislators to cancel most of their bills. This means that most of our legislative proposals are on hold until the 2021-22 legislative session. For a complete report, check out our legislative watch page. We will keep that page updated as the situation evolves.

The impacts of COVID19 will change our transportation system. People will need to save money and bicycling enables that. Many people, especially those vulnerable to severe coronavirus illness, will look to biking as a physically distant mode of travel. Shared bikes and scooters will become more important as a last-mile solution to access transit. This all adds up to a huge opportunity to advance our mission of making more equitable and prosperous communities by spreading the joy of bicycling. 

We are disappointed that so many of our legislative proposals, including our bill to provide rebates for bike purchases, are postponed until 2021, but our work is more important than ever. As the pandemic remakes our lives and our communities, we will continue to work to get the word out about the important role that bikes will play in California’s green transportation future - a future that has come into clearer focus during this unprecedented time. 



Webinar 4/2/20: Closing Streets to Create Space for Walking & Biking


Outdoor exercise is essential during this time of staying at home. However, typical sidewalks, especially those in denser communities, are not wide enough to allow for 6 feet of social distancing. Join this free webinar, presented by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, to hear from advocates and city leaders who have acted quickly to make open-streets available in their cities on a daily basis.

When: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT
Where: Online
Register here.










Free Tools to Create Low-Stress Bike Networks








On March 5, 2020, CalBike presented a webinar on how to create connected, low-stress bike networks. The webinar provided information about new, free, publicly-available planning tools that you can use in your community to build out complete, low-stress networks. 

You can view the webinar here. The webinar page also has links to these resources:










Order a Bike-Themed Car License Plate Now


You can now support bike education programs when you order a bicycle-themed specialty license plate for your car. California’s bicycle-themed specialty license plate will look great on your car and support programs to promote awareness of bicyclists on the road, and awareness of how bicycling can improve our communities.

We need to get 7,500 pre-orders by September for this plate to be produced by the DMV. At the moment, we are very far from that number. Pre-order your license plate today to help activate this new revenue stream for better biking.




California Dream Ride 2020:
Registration Reduced to $5








We're still looking forward to the 2020 California Dream Ride, with our fingers crossed that it will be safe to enjoy the in-person camaraderie that makes that ride so special. The ride will cover 290 miles over five days, from Santa Barbara to Oceanside on October 4-9, 2020. 

By that time, a beautiful 5-day bike ride will be just what we need! To make it easier for everyone to join our ride this year, we have reduced the registration fee to just $5, for a limited time.

In the meantime, we have decided to postpone our first two Dream Ride Experiences, in Los Angeles and Napa. We look forward to rescheduling these fun rides as soon as it's safe to do so. In the meantime, you can get out and ride these fun routes yourself. Find the route for Los Angeles here and Napa here.










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