Action Alert: Take action to protect people who bike

Too many Californians have been injured on our streets or are mourning the death of a loved one due to distracted or negligent motorists. Protecting all people who ride bikes, walk, run, ride horses, scooter, skateboard, and work on California streets is vital to make California a better place to live. There is a bill in the California State Assembly, AB 2398, which would dictate that anyone who causes injury to a vulnerable road user is held accountable. Sign this petition to pass AB 2398 and protect all road users by:

  • Raising the fine for hitting a Vulnerable Road User
  • Assigning a point on the motorist’s driver’s license

Passing this type of legislation is a goal of our Vision Zero initiative, and we are happy to be working with the California Bicycle Coalition to move this forward.

This bill will remind motorists of their obligation to be cautious of each person on our streets. Sign this petition to encourage the chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, and the Governor to support the Vulnerable Road Users Protection Act to make our streets livable. Help California take the next step toward reaching CalBike’s goal of tripling the number of people bicycling by 2020, while helping SVBC reach our goal of 10% of all trips by bike by 2025.

12 Comments

  1. AB 2398 does not suspend the offender’s license for six months. Please see the actual bill:

    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2351-2400/ab_2398_bill_20140221_introduced.html

    Also see how points may (not shall) be used to suspend or revoke a driver license.

    http://www.dmv.ca.gov/dl/vioptct.htm

    CalBike’s petition raises false expectations. If the bill passes in its current draft, bicyclists will be very disappointed when an offending driver does not get their license suspended.

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  2. Please vote to pass AB 2398 and protect all road users.

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  3. a great law

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  4. Too many bicyclists still get injured by cars – we’ve got to increase protections to increase the number of riders and get people OUT of their cars!

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  5. Automobiles are deadly weapons. To use them irresponsibly or in a threatening manner against bicylists should have consequences such as the ones outlined in this proposal. Please, make it so.

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  6. Passage of The Vulnerable Users Law is an important step in persuading motorists to respect and be more careful around bicyclists.

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  7. The major change that I see as a result of the amendments is that now the maximum penalty for the motorist is a $300 fine. I am certain that this huge deterrent will make it much safer for me to ride my bike alongside motorists.

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  8. I don’t see a $300 fine having any real affect. Its another example of a well-intentioned bill that won’t really have any affect other than moral support for vulnerable road users.

    There should be some discussion of what might get some real results toward Vision Zero. Some idea….

    (1) Mandatory minimum investigation requirements for injury collisions involving VRUs. Too often the investigation is way too cursory, or none at all, and local advocates end up doing the investigation for the police. Minimum standards should include searches for any nearby surveillance cameras, interviewing witnesses, and checking cell phone records for activity at the time of the collision. Fatal collisions should have accident recreation mandated.

    (2) Transparancy for VRU collision data: Cities should be mandated to provide easy to access VRU collsion maps with links to the police reports. San Jose has a collision map on-line, but it does not include VRU injuries, only fatalities, and there are no links to the police reports or final conclusions. It mostly consists of a windshield perspective editorial intent on blaming the victims but not providing any statistics to back up the claims. It also makes no mention of collisions involving bikes, only pedestrians. If we can’t even readily see the data, how can we start to improve the numbers.

    http://www.sjpd.org/BOI/VCUweb/autoped-stats.html

    (3) Lifetime drivers license revocation for Hit and Run and DUI. Time to realize that driving is a privilege, not a right.

    (4) Make penalties for Hit and Run more severe than DUI. DUI offenders almost always run to buy time to sober up, because they know Hit and Run penalties are much less severe than DUI.

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  9. It should be noted that apparently the real value for the remaining bill is that it defines a VRU on the state level. This in theory makes it easier to get local anti-harassment bills passed, like those existing in LA, Sunnyvale, Berkeley and Sonoma County, or other local VRU laws. This way, cities don’t need to come up with their own potentially conflicting definitions of a VRU.

    Therefore to make good use of the bill (if passed) it should be followed up by a campaign to secure local anti-harassment ordinances to protect victims of road rage. Maybe a letter writing campaign at that point would be appropriate.

    This from what I can tell is the recent opinion of the sponsors, not my opinion.

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