SVBC goes to Sacramento

SVBC goes to Sacramento

May 21, 2014 marked the day after the conclusion of Climate Ride, as well as California bicycle advocacy day! Riders who had just finished a four-day ride to Sacramento joined bike advocacy groups from around the state to talk with our legislators about important bicycle legislation priorities.

Our three asks were:

  • AB 2398 the Vulnerable Road Users Protection Act: this bill increases the penalties for motorists who drive recklessly and harm and vulnerable road user. It creates a greater deterrent to drivers who fail to respect others’ use of the road. (sign our petition here!)
  • AB 1193 the Protected Bikeways Act of 2014: this bill would end the prohibition on protected bikeways and encourage the development of the safest kinds of bike facilities. (sign CalBike’s petition here!)
  • Funding bicycle infrastructure: increase the size of the only dedicated fund for biking and walking in the state, the Active Transportation Program (ATP), to $500 million as soon as possible. This would increase it to 3% of the state’s transportation budget.

Since SVBC covers such a broad region, we were able to meet with a number of representatives or their staff, including:

  • Senator Jerry Hill
  • Senator Jim Beall
  • Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
  • Assemblyman Rich Gordon
  • Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski
  • Assemblyman Paul Fong

We are thankful to the California Bicycle Coalition for organizing; the Senators, Assemblymembers and their staff to taking the time to meet with us, as well as the constituents who were able to join in these important meetings.

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