Update: AB 825 will come up for a floor vote in the Assembly soon. Please take the action at the bottom of this email to tell your assemblymember to Vote YES on AB 825.
Assembly Bill 825 (Bryan) comes up for a vote in the Assembly Committee on Transportation on Monday, March 20, and it needs your support. The bill will legalize bike riding on sidewalks on streets and highways that don’t include a Class I, Class II, or Class IV bikeway, giving people on bikes a safe, legal option to ride.
AB 825 includes provisions for sidewalk safety. It sets a bicycle speed limit of 10 mph on the sidewalk and requires people on bikes to yield to pedestrians.
Better bikeways are our first choice
Is sidewalk riding ideal? No. In CalBike’s perfect world, we’d have safe, connected, protected bikeways creating convenient transportation networks throughout our communities. Most streets would be Complete Streets, with safe facilities for all modes of transportation.
But that’s not the reality today and, even if lawmakers take our Invest/Divest Campaign to heart and fully fund our active transportation needs immediately, it will take years to transform every dangerous roadway in California into a safe route for biking. In the meantime, people on bikes must, at times, travel on streets with fast traffic and no bike lanes. AB 825 allows bike riders to share space with pedestrians rather than 2-ton, speeding vehicles.
AB 825 is a step toward ending harassment of people on bikes
As an excellent LA Times investigation showed, police disproportionately target people on bikes, particularly Black and Latino men, stopping them for small infractions and then subjecting them to invasive searches. Disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to lack safe bikeways, forcing people to ride on sidewalks. Decriminalizing sidewalk riding protects vulnerable populations from police encounters that can sometimes be deadly, in addition to shielding them from traffic violence.
AB 825 puts bike rider safety first. CalBike strongly supports this bill, and we hope you will, too.