EBBC Campaigns

Current Campaign Priorities for 2010.

Also, take a look at this year's legislative advocacy

Transportation Reauthorization Act

Every six years, Congress sets the country's transportation and infrastructure priorities — allocating hundreds of billions of dollars for projects that shape our communities for generations. We need to raise our voices and make sure they use this moment to chart a new direction for our nation's transportation system -one that includes bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users. We will work with Transportation For America to urge President Obama and Congress to create the world-leading, sustainable transportation system we so desperately need.

Contact info (at) ebbc (dot) org for more information.


Spreading Sunday Streets

Weekend street closures are a great way to get out of the house, get some excercise, and enjoy your community with friends and family. At Sunday Streets, also known as Ciclovias, streets are closed to motor vehicle traffic and special programs such as dance classes and musical performances, are scattered throughout the route. Sunday streets make it fun and easy to explore the neighborhood by foot or bicycle. The Ciclovia originated in Bogota, Colombia, and the concept is spreading worldwide - as far south Buenos Aire, and closer to home in New York City in and San Francisco.

EBBC supports the expansion of Sunday Streets into the East Bay as bike-friendly, community building events that have the potential to encourage new bicyclists to get on the road as well as demonstrate the potential that streets have for being inclusive of all users - not just cars. In 2010, we'll be supporting the first Sunday Streets event in the East Bay: Oaklavia, organized by Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. EBBC will be offering Family Cycling Clinics and Kids Bike Rodeos at Oaklavia on June 27 and October 10.

In addition, EBBC will act as a resource for other local East Bay groups that would like get Sunday Streets events started in their own neighborhoods. Would you like to do a festive street closure in your town? EBBC can help suggest routes, put you in touch with the appropriate government agencies, offer bike activities and programming suggestions, and connect you with people that have experience organizing Sunday Streets.

Contact carrie (dot) harvilla (at) ebbc (dot) org for more information.


Bolstering Bicycle Advisory Committees

You don't need to be a traffic engineer, nor do you need any specific education to directly influence bicycle and pedestrian planning. All you need is concern for the safety, convenience and attractiveness of our public facilities for all users. Bicycle and Advisory Committees (BACs) advise government agencies on transportation policies, facilities, and services. Local bicyclists are the best experts to advise on prioritizing and funding of bicycle and pedestrian projects. That's why EBBC has worked to establish BACs in cities throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. In 2010, we will bolster BACs around the East Bay. Be on the lookout for our new BAC resource page on our website, complete with BAC meeting schedules and local Bicycle Master Plans for cities throughout the East Bay. And in Autumn EBBC will offer a Workshop to citizens sitting on BACs presently, and those who aspire to do so in the future. The workshop will cover all the important effective BACs, such as understanding Bicycle Master Plans, working effectively with governmental staff, and available funding opportunities. Take a look at our database of local BACs, find yours and get involved!

Contact erik (dot) jensen (at) ebbc (dot) org for more information.


My New Bikeway

Info coming soon...

Bride the Gap: Completing the Bay Bridge Bicycle-Pedestrian-Maintenance Pathway

EBBC has worked for the last 12 years to bring bicycle and pedestrian access to the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. We've had many successes: The Alexander Zuckermann Pathway on the East Span (named after EBBC's founder) is nearing completion, and last year $1.2 million was allotted for additional studies for the West Span Bicycle-Pedestrian-Maintenance Pathway. There is no better time to continue to move forward with funding the West Span Pathway, and this year we will carry forward with our momentum Bridge the Gap.

There's still lots of work to be done, and EBBC will persevere until the Pathway is complete. In the coming months we will be working locally with the Bay Area Toll Authority on project oversight; in Sacramento on necessary state legislation; and at the federal level to build support and funding opportunities to further our campaign so that West Span Pathway is funded and built quickly.

You can learn the latest on our Bay Bridge campaign at www.ebbc.org/baybridge.

Contact info (at) ebbc (dot) org for more information.


Growing the EBBC membership

EBBC runs on the strength of its members. At present, EBBC has over 2,500 individual members: we've got clout with decision makers and a long history of effective bike advocacy . But with more than 50,000 bicyclists in the East Bay, our membership is poised for growth. Why is this important? It's simple - the more members we have, the stronger our coalition and the greater our impact. Last year we hired our first Outreach Coordinator. In 2010, we'll be introducing new membership campaigns, to grow and diversify our membership to represent all of the bicyclists in the East Bay. Our Tell-A-Friend program and volunteer outreach events are just a couple of ways that everyone that's a part of EBBC - including you - will help make the Bicycle Coalition bigger and better than ever in 2010.

Contact carrie (dot) harvilla (at) ebbc (dot) org for more information.