On Monday, June 25, the California Assembly Transportation Committee voted in favor (10 ayes, 3 noes) of CA SB 1464. The Bill will now be re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. We will provide an update on how you can support the passing of this Bill once the date of the hearing is released. The state of California is one step closer to safer cycling!
Last October, Governor Brown vetoed Senate Bill 910, which would have required motorized vehicles to provide a minimum of three feet when passing bicycles. Although the Governor initially approved of the basic foundation of the bill, the reasoning given for the veto cited a clause that that stipulated that in certain situations, where providing 3 feet of passing space would not be possible, motorists would have been required to decrease their speed to at least 15 mph. Governor Brown declared that this might lead to increased rear-end collisions.
This past spring, the City of Los Angeles, with the support of organizations across the state, including the California Bicycle Coalition, initiated a second attempt at a three foot passing law, Senate Bill 1464. This bill, which has the same intentions for increasing the safety of bicyclists throughout California, has changed some of its language in order to better appeal to the Governor. Rather than require a specific reduced speed when the 3-foot passing space is not feasible, the new bill allows vehicles to slow to “a speed that is slow and prudent,” taking into consideration other traffic conditions.
A comparison of the two Senate Bills can be found here:
On May 25, the full Senate voted 27-6 in favor of the new Bill, which will now be voted on by the Assembly Transportation Committee on June 25.
If you wish to show your support for the passing of this Bill, you can send an email to the Assembly Transportation Committee BY JUNE 25.