Reform Traffic Law Enforcement
Support alternatives to using armed police to enforce traffic laws.
I support increased safety for everyone who uses our public streets and alternatives to our current reliance on armed police officers to enforce traffic rules.
CalBike supports the efforts of community leaders across California to reduce or eliminate the role of police in traffic enforcement. Inspired and educated by these leaders, and focused on changes to state policy, we have drafted six recommendations to advance that cause while improving transportation safety. We will continue to work with local leaders to prioritize and take action on the most important recommendations.
City leaders across California and the nation are hearing loud calls to “defund the police” after popular protests have highlighted the failure of reform efforts to reverse a history of police violence against Black people. While some use the phrase as a call for the abolition of police, most traffic safety advocates in California are agreeing on a more moderate appeal. This includes a call to reduce police budgets and redirect resources to social workers, homeless advocates, healthcare providers, and others who could better address community needs.
CalBike supports this shift in funding and focus because we believe it will do more to keep us safe, while bringing us closer to the goal of eliminating violent anti-Blackness from our streets and civic spaces.
CalBike believes that a shift in traffic safety focus and funding away from policing and towards community resources is a more effective way to create safe streets.
CalBike has developed six policy proposals to reform traffic policing for more equity and safer streets:
Read Police-Free Systems Are Possible by one of our local partners, Bike East Bay.
California will never have the equitable, prosperous and inclusive communities that CalBike advocates for until we address and redress the anti-Black violence that has plagued our country since slavery. We want to actively contribute to ending systemic racism, especially in transportation policy, and most especially in bicycling advocacy. We promise to listen and learn how we can best do this work. To our community members who experience the violence of racism on a daily basis: we see you, we hear you, and we stand with you.