Give Me Three for Safety

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We’re looking ahead to mid-September when California’s Three Feet for Safety Act takes effect. You won’t need the details of AB 1371 to know that under the law, safe passing means giving riders three feet of room on the road. California Bicycle Coalition took the lead on the issue; have a look at their FAQ to know how you can hold drivers accountable.

New Legislation From Sacramento (and a Veto)

Governor Brown shamefully vetoed for the second time a bill designed to facilitate safe passing of bicycle traffic in California. SB 1464 would have required drivers to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing from behind. That’s right: safe passing room is veto-worthy to Governor Brown. Even though the bill was backed by the California Bicycle Coalition and advocates across the state, and ultimately watered down to make it palatable to the CHP and Auto Club, our wonderful governor with a stroke of the pen keeps cyclists in danger. Read on about the bills the Governor did sign. Continue reading

Your Governor Vetoed SB 910

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Not your dad's Jerry Brown!

This afternoon, your Governor, Edmund G. Brown, vetoed the most significant statewide cyclists safety legislation ever sent to any governor’s desk. The bill, SB 910, has been hailed by advocates across the state and championed in champion fashion by the California Bicycle Coalition (read the CBC letter). So unwavering and hard-fought was @CalBike‘s campaign that Brown’s veto can only come as a crushing blow to all cyclists who call for protection under the law. Not least, many hundreds of personal stories of intimidation and harm flowed to Sacramento from our two-wheeled comrades to no evident effect. Continue reading

LA City Council Hears Anti-Harassment Ordinance

This Wednesday the Los Angeles City Council will hear the proposed anti-harassment ordinance, intended to provide cyclists with a new tool with which to combat bad motorist behavior. This  legislation would  give cyclists new recourse when encountering hostile motorists.Presently, we can only avail ourselves of existing civil protections, which in practice means it’s difficult to hold motorists to account for, say, driving with intent to harm, throwing an object from a motor vehicle, or any of the other dangers we face (recently enumerated on the LA DOT’s bike Facebook page). Continue reading

AB 345 Gives Us A Voice

From the California Bicycle Coalition (CBC) comes a heads-up about an AB 345 that for the first time would open the Caltrans California Traffic Devices Committee membership to cyclists and other road users. Not surprisingly, the committee has been dominated by auto interests; he CBC reports that the only road users currently represented are the auto clubs of California and Southern California. Continue reading

Better Bike Supports SB 910

Give Me Three posterThe three-foot passing legislation that was sparked by Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa’s spill last year is winding its way though the corridors of Sacramento. This is good news for the California Bicycle Coalition and its ‘Give Me Three’ campaign, as well as local bike coalitions that have urged legislators to add California to the list of states that explicitly offer cyclists a buffer zone. Having passed in the Senate it’s now headed to the Assembly. (Streetsblog gave a nice overview back in February.) Continue reading

Anti-Harassment Policy in LA Council

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl proposed an ordinance back in December to request that the City Attorney and the Dept. of Transportation craft language for an ordinance that would prohibit the harassment of cyclists on City of Los Angeles streets. When on the agenda for the Transportation Committee’s December 2009 meeting, nearly every key bike advocate and activist was in the house to support the move.

When the City Council voted in January (13-0) to accept the motion and ask the City Attorney to report back on the feasibility of addressing cyclist harassment, it was like a reprise – cyclists turned out in support. Now the City Attorney has reported back and the issue is again in front of the Transportation Committee on Wednesday, October 27th at 2 pm before going on to Council. Even if you can’t attend, you can provide your input directly to the committee. Call the City Clerk directly (213 978-1043) or email your letter to the legislative assistant in the clerk’s office (john.white@lacity.org). Continue reading