In 2013, after three years of intensive legislative advocacy, our Three Feet for Safety Act became law. The law requires motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing people riding bikes. It went into effect in October of 2014, and our focus since then has been on getting the word out through our Give Me 3 Campaign.
This law can only be effective if people know about it. When the law went into effect, we successfully placed stories in 73 news outlets in California and nationally, and immediately succeeded in getting the California Traffic Control Devices Committee to approve a “Give Bikes 3 Feet” sign; the first sign was placed in Napa County in late 2014.
In 2016, we’re pushing for more signs. Know a spot where a Give Bikes 3 Feet sign is needed? Submit ideas here.
We have distributed 20,000 stickers, bumper stickers, and window clings, and are currently developing an updated design, to be released in September 2016.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the waiting list for the next batch of stickers or if you have an idea for a design.
Your California Bicycle Coalition has a packed legislative portfolio for 2016!
We are excited to be working with bicycling champion Assemblymember Richard Bloom on two important bills: (1) to preserve funding in the Active Transportation Program for planning grants and education and encouragement programs in disadvantaged communities, in response to declining funding for these types of grants in the first two cycles of the program; and (2) to make “green wave” traffic signal timing, where traffic lights are timed to vehicles moving at bicycle speed, eligible for Cap-and-Trade funds.
We’re also thrilled that Assemblymember Phil Ting is authoring another bill for us this year, to clarify cyclists’ right to ride side-by-side safely in the roadway. (Use #legalizehandholding to show your support!)
Our main legislative priority remains the budget, where pronouncements of support for active transportation are not currently reflected in how the state spends its money. Working closely with our statewide coalition partners, we are pushing a transportation equity package of bills that together will improve sustainable, affordable transportation options across the state, especially for low-income Californians. Our proposals will double the size of the Active Transportation Program and take initial steps to set-aside funding for significant investments in connected bicycle networks. Check our legislative tracker for more details…
In 2015, we sponsored AB 902, to allow reduced fines for ticketed adult bicyclists who take a bicycle education class. The bill, authored by Assemblymembers Chiu and Bloom, was signed into law in September 2015. The new law makes riding bikes more affordable, and will encourage riding by boosting people’s confidence and skills. AB 902 went into effect on January 1, 2016, and it’s now up to our local partners and local advocacy groups to ensure that police departments adopt diversion programs in your city.