For Immediate Release: 9/11/23
Contact: Jared Sanchez, Policy Director, CalBike, (714) 262-0921, Jared@CalBike.org
CalBike – Legislation Watch, End of the Session 2023
SACRAMENTO – As the California state legislature approaches its final days to send bills to the Governor’s Desk in 2023 (September 14), CalBike is prioritizing three bills.
“Biking is not a crime. California has underinvested in safe infrastructure for decades and overinvested in traffic policing, sometimes with lethal results,” explained Jared Sanchez, policy director at CalBike. “These remaining bills will improve safety and access for every person who bikes, walks, or takes public transportation in California.”
CalBike urges senators to vote yes on the Daylighting to Save Lives Bill (AB 413) and the Safe Passage for Bikes Bill (AB 825) and assemblymembers to vote yes on the Stop Pretextual Policing Bill (SB 50).
AB 413 – (Lee) Daylighting to Save Lives: This bill prohibits stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle within 20 feet of the approach direction of any unmarked or marked crosswalk to increase visibility and reduce potentially lethal collisions.
AB 825 – (Bryan) Safe Passage for Bikes: As part of CalBike’s “Biking Is Not a Crime” slate, this measure allows bicycle riding on a sidewalk adjacent to a street that does not include a Class I, Class II, or Class IV bikeway. It protects pedestrians by requiring people on bikes to share the space responsibly and gives local leaders flexibility to impose further safety restrictions.
SB 50 – (Bradford) Stop Pretextual Policing: Police stops of people for minor infractions while biking or driving doesn’t improve traffic safety. These stops are often aimed more at deterring crime, but they do little to prevent crime, disproportionately target Black and Latino Californians, and can lead to lethal encounters. Stop pretextual policing and direct police resources toward effective crime prevention measures.