In 2017, a CalBike-commissioned poll showed that Californians across the state and across all major political and demographic groups support building Complete Streets—roads with safe sidewalks, visible crosswalks, and protected bike lanes—that are safe places for everyone and not strictly thoroughfares for driving.
Our ally Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) has committed to authoring the Complete Streets bill, sponsored by CalBike and our partners, to require Caltrans to follow it’s own Complete Streets Policy and prioritize the safety of everyone who uses our roads, not just drivers, on every repaving, maintenance, and rehab project.
Wiener authored a similar bill last year, but it died in committee because of the threat of Proposition 6, which would have cut billions in transportation funding. Now that voters have resoundingly defeated Proposition 6, we believe the time is ripe for a Complete Streets law that will transform our streets for the better, in the most efficient way possible.
The cheapest and easiest time to add a bike lane is when a street is already due for maintenance. Simply repaving dangerous and poorly designed roadways maintains an unacceptable status quo that prioritizes the speedy movement of cars over the lives and health of our children and neighbors.
Caltrans has paid lip service to the idea of Complete Streets with an internal Complete Streets policy, but they haven’t lived up to their rhetoric. A Complete Streets law would hold their feet to the fire and transform our communities into comfortable and convenient spaces for walking and bicycling.
We’re building momentum and support for the movement to complete our streets.