3-foot passing bill gets unanimous yes vote
Senate Bill 1464, this year's version of the 3-foot passing bill cosponsored by CBC and the City of Los Angeles, passed in its first Senate hearing on Apr. 17. The Senate Transportation & Housing Committee voted 8-0 to approve the bill.
The bill generated little discussion among committee member and no opposition at the hearing, a promising sign that we've solved the main concerns that caused Gov. Jerry Brown to veto SB 910, last year's 3-foot passing bill. Read about the main differences between the two bills.
Heath Maddox, a Berkeley bicyclist and transportation planner whose father was hit and killed by a passing car during a bike ride, and attorney Bill Dullea, whose firm represents injured bicyclists, were the primary witnesses on behalf of SB 1464. Representatives from the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, the YMCA and the Automobile Club of Southern California were among those who also spoke in support of the bill. No one testified against the bill.
More than 500 individuals and more than 50 advocacy organizations, bicycling clubs, racing teams and businesses sent the committee letters of support for SB 1464, a dramatic response by most measures. Many thanks to everyone who sent a letter!
The bill's next stop is the Senate Appropriations Committee, but SB 1464 does not contain an appropriation or have a meaningful fiscal impact, we don't expect much discussion. The full Senate will vote on the bill later next month, and then it's on to the Assembly this summer.
Meanwhile, we've launched a Fundrazr campaign to raise $3,000 to help us get SB 1464 passed and signed into law. Your support will help us continue educating lawmakers and rallying supporters throughout the state. Please give generously!