Over-policing hasn’t made our streets safe and it never will.
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.
Two bills from CalBike’s Biking Is Not a Crime slate are on the governor’s desk for his signature:
AB 825 Bryan: Safe Passage for Bikes Bill. Allows bicycle riding on a sidewalk adjacent to a street that does not include a Class I, Class II, or Class IV bikeway.
AB 819 Bryan: Decriminalize Transit Fare Evasion. Removes misdemeanor classification for transit fare evasion.
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