Board Approves 2016 Legislative Agenda

At its November meeting, the CalBike Board of Directors approved the organization’s 2016 legislative agenda.

Recognizing the need to be prepared for unanticipated opportunities — or threats — presented by California Legislature, this agenda is not the final and exclusive agenda for CalBike. It does set the priorities and provide direction for CalBike’s staff, setting an ambitious tone to 2016. If successful, California communities will enjoy quicker improvements in bicycling conditions leading to greater health, safety, and prosperity.

2016 CalBike Legislative Agenda

Approved by California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors, Nov. 18, 2015

Priority 1: Funding infrastructure and supporting disadvantaged communities

    1. Create a new more aggressive complete streets policy that mandates the inclusion of protected bike lanes unless the local legislative body signs off on their exclusion based on projected lack of need during design life of improvements.
    2. Require a certain percentage of ATP money to support planning in disadvantaged communities. (language in Garcia ABX1-23)
    3. Double funding to the ATP and establish network grants of minimum $25 million, with a priority to disadvantaged communities.  (language in Garcia ABX1-23)
    4. Establish a process for prioritizing projects in disadvantaged communities across all transportation investments–including providing job and workforce development opportunities for disadvantaged community residents–and minimum funding levels for SHOPP and STIP to disadvantaged communities.  (language in Garcia ABX1-23)

Priority 2: Clarify the law to explicitly permit side-by-side riding

Try the omnibus bill first but have a backup plan in case it gets taken out of the omnibus.

Add language to section 21202 clarifying that when exceptions apply, side-by-side riding is not prohibited.


Define “substandard width lane” in CVC 21202 as meaning any lane along a curb less than 14’ wide, or any lane alongside parked cars less than 15’ wide (mirroring MUTCD’s minimum requirements for bike lane + travel lane width); i.e. if the lane isn’t already wide enough for a bike lane then it’s not shareable


Priority 3: Use the transportation omnibus bill to correct some design-related problems

    1. Amend the requirement to park within 18 inches of the curb to permit parking within 18 inches of the edge line where a cycle track is present
    2. Replace “practicable” with “safe”


Other potential legislative items

The Board should be aware of the following proposals that may be presented to a legislator.

    1. Permit bike-mounted video to be used to prosecute three-foot violations.
    2. Increase restrictions on ‘type 2’ e-bikes, the kind that don’t need to be pedaled to operate.