Improving Bike Education
Everyone agrees: enabling more education programs is a vital method to enable more people to ride bikes, to know the rules of the road, and to feel more confident riding a bike. Many local police departments and organizations have attempted to get bicycle riders to have the option to take a bicycle education class when ticketed (often for a reduced fine), only to be stopped by California Law.
We are working to end this ban on a common sense policy by making a very simple change to California Vehicle Code 42005.3:
Thankfully Assemblymember Richard Bloom, jointly with Assemblymember David Chiu, introduced a bill to change the law. Assembly Bill 902 proposes a simple yet powerful change to ensure that “diversion programs” (bicycle education classes for a reduced ticket fee) can be available to adults. This is how the language reads (for the policy minded):
“42005.3. Operative January 1, 1993, no (a) A local authority may shall not allow a person who is alleged to have committed a traffic offense in violation of this code code, or an ordinance or resolution adopted under this code, to participate in a driver awareness or education program or in any other diversion program as an alternative to the procedure required to be followed under this code for alleged violations of this code.
(b) This section does not apply to a diversion programs for minors program for a person who commit infractions committed an infraction not involving a motor vehicle and for which no fee is charged.”
What this bill does:
- Expands the availability for localities to provide diversion programs to include adults.
A common misconception about this bill, that it does not do:
- Set how localities have to fund diversion programs. That is entirely up to the locality.
How you can help:
- Sign our petition on change.org to stay up-to-date on the campaign and show your support.
- Support the California Bicycle Coalition. The only way we can win legislation like this is with the support of grassroots members like you.
- If your locality is interested in implementing a diversion program, please contact email@example.com. We may need to call on you to give testimony, ask your locality to send in a support letter, or other actions.