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…