California’s Year in Bike Policy

Accord­ing to Clax­ton of Cal­Bike, 2022 was a ban­ner year for bike and pedes­tri­an advo­ca­cy in Cal­i­for­nia. Among the biggest suc­cess­es:

  • The largest-ever invest­ment in active trans­porta­tion projects
  • Major leg­isla­tive for bike and pedes­tri­an safe­ty
  • Many bike advo­cates won elec­tion to the state leg­is­la­ture
  • Devel­op­ment of a statewide elec­tric bike rebate pro­gram slat­ed to begin in 2023

Clax­ton points out despite the good , the state could do more to pro­mote safe . “Cities and towns under­stand that safe streets for all modes are essen­tial for cre­at­ing liv­able, sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties. It’s time for the state to under­stand that too, and devote more mon­ey to bike­ways and less to free­ways,” Clax­ton writes.

The source links to a leg­isla­tive recap of bike- leg­is­la­tion, and explains the effect of some bills passed year. notably, “The Free­dom to Walk Act pre­vents police from issu­ing jay­walk­ing tick­ets unless the was endan­ger­ing them­selves or oth­ers. That will elim­i­nate unnec­es­sary and often biased tick­et­ing that impacts dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties the most.”

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