California has become the first state in the nation to adopt a statewide Complete Streets policy for all local roadways. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Complete Streets Act into law on Sept. 30.
The legislation requires cities and counties to insure that local roads and streets adequately accommodate the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders, as well as motorists. The legislation was authored by Assembly Member Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), co-authored by Assembly Member Lloyd Levine (D-Thousand Oaks), and co-sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition and AARP, California Chapter.
SVBC has been working with the California Bicycle Coalition on this and other state-wide legislative activities. SVBC staff and board members have met with elected officials, to help them understand the importance of bicycles in our transportation system. Passage of this law is a great victory for California's bicyclists.