Police handing out tickets, especially for minor violations like riding without lights or biking on the sidewalk, doesn’t increase safety. There is only one thing proven to reduce traffic collisions: infrastructure, like protected bikeways and intersections, which reduce injuries and deaths for people biking, walking, driving, and taking transit.
Yet, for decades, California has underinvested in safe infrastructure and overinvested in traffic policing, sometimes with lethal results. So decriminalization is a critical part of our Invest/Divest Campaign.
To create Complete Streets where people in all transportation modes and all bodies and identities can move freely, we need to free our streets from police violence as well as traffic violence.