Our Protecting Your Rights Initiative implements the third strategy in CalBike's strategic plan: protecting people who ride bicycles by improving the respect we receive from motorists and the legal system.
We work with the Department of Motor Vehicles to improve the driver's manual and driver testing. We provide expert testimony and advice to judges, the California Highway Patrol, and to local police and other agencies, whenever a bicyclist's rights are in question. We work hard to prevent highway closures by Caltrans.
We change the laws to emphasize safety. We won the Three Feet for Safety Act in 2013 to make clear that motorists must give plenty of space when passing somebody on a bicycle. In 2016 we're working to clarify that sometimes, bicyclists really are allowed to ride two abreast. Legalize hand-holding!
We work to prevent unfair enforcement of the laws, especially where enforcement actions target people of color or low-income people. In 2015, we won a change to the Vehicle Code that allows people ticketed when riding bicycles to take a bicycle education course in lieu of paying the fine.