Laura Friedman is perhaps the strongest supporter of bicycling and active transportation in the California Assembly, and she’s in a tough race for reelection because of redistricting. CalBike is issuing an early endorsement for Assemblymember Friedman because we hope our members will donate to and volunteer for her campaign in the general election.
As an assemblymember and chair of the Transportation Committee, Friedman helped pass critical bills that would make our streets safer and our communities healthier. In 2021, she authored one of CalBike’s favorite bills, a seemingly administrative change to the way regional transportation plans are written that would have allowed communities to build bicycle highways and incentivized 15-minute neighborhoods. The measure represented a bold and necessary step toward mitigating climate change and Friedman’s visionary ideas advanced the idea that bicycles are an essential part of California’s transportation future, despite the governor’s veto.
Assemblymember Friedman formerly represented Assembly District 43, which covered parts of Glendale, West Hollywood, and the San Fernando Valley. Due to redistricting after the 2020 census, she is now in the newly-drawn Assembly District 44. Friedman will be running against an incumbent in a district that is more suburban. It’s hard to overstate the importance of allies like Laura Friedman in our state legislature. Please visit her campaign website, volunteer, and donate. Laura Friedman is a terrific assemblymember who deserves another term. If you live in AD 44, please vote for her by November 8, 2022.