BABC Accomplishments

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1986

Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee (REBAC) founded to address multi-county and region-wide bicycle policy and infrastructure issues in the San Francisco Bay Area.

1987

San Francisco Bay Trail, “…a continuous recreational corridor which will extend around the perimeter of San Francisco and San Pablo bays,” authorized by the passage of SB100 in the California State Legislature. Regional Measure 1, which raised tolls on state-owned bridges to a uniform $1, is approved by Bay Area voters. Funds from the measure were used to build bike and pedestrian pathways on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge and the Al Zampa Memorial (Carquinez) Bridge.

1989

As one of the members of the Association of Bay Area Governments advisory committee, REBAC helps write the Bay Area Trail Plan to create a network of bicycling and hiking trails that when  complete, will be 500 miles long and ring San Francisco and San Pablo bays.

1990

REBAC supports the passage of Prop 116 to fund the Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin, and Pacific Surfliner intercity trains which are equipped with bike racks in each of the specially designed California cars.

1992

Cal train introduces its Bike-on- Board Program. The success of this demonstration project and the hard work of regional bicycle advocates have led to several expansions of bicycle access on Caltrain.

24-hour bicycle access to the Golden Gate Bridge is provided by remote-controlled gates at each end of the East walkway. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is one of the partners in this cooperative project between the City and County of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge  Highway and Transportation District.

1994

The East Bay Bicycle Coalition sponsers its first pancake breakfast on Bike to Work Day.

1995

First organized by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956, Bike to Work Day goes statewide in California.

1997

After a six month trial period beginning in October of 1996, the inconvenient BART permit system for bicycle access is abolished.

1998

The Bay Area Toll Authority approves $50 million to build a bicycle and pedestrian pathway on the new East span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. When completed, the pathway will provide bicycle and pedestrian access from Yerba Buena Island to Oakland. It is named the Alex Zuckermann Bicycle Pedestrian Path after REBAC’s founder and commemorates his tireless efforts to win bicycle and pedestrian access to the bridge.

1999

Golden Gate Transit Route 40 buses are equipped with bike racks to provide bicycle access across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

2002

The Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee is reorganized as the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC). Recognizing that more county bicycle coalitions had come into existence and were growing stronger in membership and effectiveness on local issues, BABC became a non- membership organization representing the local coalitions on bicycle policy and infrastructure issues at the regional level.

2003

BABC successfully convinces the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the regional transportation planning agency for the nine Bay Area counties, to create the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Program to fund bike and pedestrian projects. $200 million over 25 years is approved to construct the Regional Bicycle Network and build bicycle/pedestrian projects serving schools or transit.

2004

Regional Measure 2, which raised tolls on state-owned bridges by $1, is approved by Bay Area voters. Funds from the measure have been used for a variety of transit, bike, and pedestrian projects, including $22.5 million for Safe Routes to Transit, a program that funds improvements for bicycle and pedestrian access to regional transit stations. BABC receives a grant from Bikes Belong for Regional Transportation Plan advocacy efforts. The Metropolitan Transportation Commissionawards BABC a contract to coordinate Bike to Work Day in the nine Bay Area counties.

2005

BABC hires its first Executive Director, Cole Portocarrero. Despite rainy weather, BABC holds its first successful Bike to Work Day on May 19. BABC organizes a 100 mile ride around San Francisco and San Pablo bays called Bay in a Day.

2006

With strong support from BABC and the local coalitions, the MTC approves Resolution No. 3765 – Routine Accommodation of Pedestrians and Bicyclists Study and Recommendations. This policy, along with the MTC Transportation 2030 Plan, mandates that bicyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users must be given full consideration in all transportation construction Team Bike Challenge is launched as part of Bike to Work Day. During the month of May teams of individuals, including seasoned and novice riders and an optional “Big Wheel” (elected official, CEO, manager, or journalist) keep track of their bike trips and compete against other teams for the most points and a grand prize. BABC organizes the second Bay in a Day ride with 100 and 200 mile ride options around San Francisco and San Pablo bays.

2007

BABC is awarded a grant from the San Francisco Foundation to complete a strategic plan. BABC receives it second grant from Bikes Belong for Regional Transportation Plan advocacy efforts BABC hires its first Advocacy Director, Sabrina Merlo.

2008

BABC, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Marin County Bicycle Coalition and San Francisco Bicycle Coalition win a victory in the decades-long struggle to secure bicycle access on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge when the Bay Conservation and Development Commission passes a resolution in support of bicycle and pedestrian access on the bridge. Despite recent setbacks in this effort, BABC will continue its work to ensure that access is finally secured. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission releases the Draft Regional Transportation Plan which outlines how $226 billion in transportation funding will be spent over the next 25 years. BABC successfully leads the fight to increase designated funding for the Regional Bicycle Network from $200 Million to $1 billion.