SB-127, The Complete Streets Bill, will require Caltrans to add features such as protected bike lanes when it repairs or repaves local streets. The bill has passed both houses of the state legislature. Now it awaits Governor Newsom’s signature, and Caltrans is asking for a veto.
Please call Governor Newsom’s office at 916-445-2841 or Send an Email asking him to sign SB-172, The Complete Streets Bill.
Making the call or sending an email will only take one or two minutes, and SB-127 will improve bike safety on PCH, Beach Blvd, Newport Blvd, Whittier Blvd, Ortega Hwy, Imperial Hwy, Laguna Cyn Rd, Carbon Cyn Rd and more.
If you have ever been passed dangerously while riding your bike, raise your hand.
Hmmm… everyone is raising their hand.
Riding safely can help. Check the OCBC Education page. In addition, there are two websites where bike riders can report close calls, post videos and hopefully raise public awareness. Both provide maps, so riders as well as community officials can spot trends and perhaps even identify aggressive drivers.
Cyclist Video Evidence says their Incident Management System can help police departments search for repeat offenders and identify hot spots.
Close Call Database says that reporting a close call will make the information available to fellow cyclists and store it for access by law enforcement.
What if California would suspend the license of any motorist who injures a vulnerable road user? StreetsBlog Denver reports on a new law in Colorado that could do just that.
If you video a tailgating motorist blasting the horn at you, revving their engine, maybe “brush passing” inches from your elbow, that’s assault.
And if that motorist actually hits you or your bicycle, that’s battery.
But if that callous and aggressive attack on you isn’t witnessed by a police officer, that video evidence cannot be used– legally– to cite or arrest the perpetrator.
Here’s the site of the organization behind the movement to change things:
“We are very happy to announce that our mobilization and pressure resulted in a Summit at CHP Golden Gate Division Headquarters with Chief Ernie Sanchez, a key representative from CHP Headquarters, key staff members from CHP GGD, 3FootCycling.com’s Founder, Craig Davis, and our member cyclist. It was a respectful and productive meeting where CHP stated that they are prohibited by law from citing reckless driving or 3 Foot law violations using bicycle mounted video evidence. They also said that our persistent pressure forced an internal review and learning process that that they appreciated.”
Get involved on the national level here: 3footcycling.com