Protected Bikeways Act passes the Senate

UPDATE: TAKE ACTION NOW to encourage Governor Brown to sign the bill.

The Protected Bikeways Act, AB 1193 (Ting), is finally about to be sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Despite the obvious importance of updating Caltrans design standards, the bill faced a very difficult road. Opposition from attorneys who represent cities and attorneys who sue cities both opposed the bill at various times, but support from our members and the stalwart determination of Assemblymember Ting and his staffer Karen Bocaling-Lapis overcame these obstacles.

AB 1193 passed the Senate Monday on a vote of 29-5 and was sent back to the Assembly for concurrence with the Senate amendments. It passed the Assembly Transportation Committee 11-5 today and will be heard on the Assembly floor on Friday. (UPDATE: The bill passed the Assembly with bipartisan support, 53-15.)

The Protected Bikeways Act will encourage the development of separated bikeways that provide protection from moving traffic. It frees cities and counties from Caltrans’ out-of-date guidance while mandating that Caltrans update its guidance to include standards for protected bikeways. Various Senate amendments narrowed the scope of the bill to limit permissible guides to one “published by a national association of public agency transportation officials,” in other words, the progressive Urban Bikeway Design Guide of the National Association of City Transportaition Officials.

“The NACTO Guide is published by the leading cities for cities, so they’re nimble and progressive. It gives California bike planners and engineers what they need to provide safely protected bikeways that will attract millions more Californians to two wheels,” said Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition.

(UPDATE: Now CalBike is working to convince the Governor to sign this important reform.)