Senate Concurrent ResolutionNo. 143

Introduced by Senator Cannella

(Coauthors: Senators Bates, Block, Gaines, Glazer, Hall, Hertzberg, Leno, and Nielsen)

May 10, 2016

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 143—Relative to National Bike Month.


SCR 143, as introduced, Cannella. National Bike Month.

This measure would designate the month of May 2016 as National Bike Month in California and would encourage Californians to ride bicycles for commuting and recreation.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, National Bike Month was established in 1956 by
2the League of American Bicyclists as a way to showcase the many
3benefits of bicycling and encourage others to give biking a try;

5WHEREAS, The League of American Bicyclists has ranked the
6State of California as the 8th most bicycle-friendly state, based on
7the state’s 56 bicycle-friendly communities, 92 bicycle-friendly
8businesses, and 14 bicycle-friendly universities; and

9WHEREAS, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate
10the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons to ride, such
11as biking to work or school, riding to save money or time,
12preserving health or the environment, or exploring local
13communities; and

14WHEREAS, The bicycle is an economic, healthy, convenient,
15and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent
P2    1tool for recreation and the enjoyment California’s scenic beauty;

3WHEREAS, Creating a bicycle-friendly community has been
4credited with improving the health of local residents, growing local
5economies, attracting tourism dollars, and reducing pollution and
6road congestion; and

7WHEREAS, In 2012, bicycling became the third most popular
8and second most frequent outdoor activity among adults in the
9United States with 51 percent of bicycle trips made for utilitarian
10purposes such as commuting; and

11WHEREAS, The number of bicyclists is growing rapidly
12throughout the United States. The National Household Travel
13Survey showed that the number of trips made by bicycle in the
14United States more than doubled from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4
15billion in 2009; and

16WHEREAS, The League of American Bicyclists estimate that
17Americans saved $4.6 billion in 2012 by bicycling instead of
18driving an automobile, based on the annual operating expense of
19$308 for a bicycle and an $8,000 annual operating expense of a
20car; and

21WHEREAS, Bicycling is quickly becoming more than just a
22recreational activity. The number of United States commuters
23using a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation in the
24United States grew by more than 62 percent; now, therefore, be it

25Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
26thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby designates May
272016 as National Bike Month in California to celebrate the many
28benefits of bicycling, to encourage Californians to ride bicycles
29for commuting and recreation, and to urge local communities to
30create bicycle-friendly policies and facilities; and be it further

31Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
32this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.