California Bicycle Summit: Local Impacts of State Legislation

CalBike and our allies in and out of the legislature have passed landmark state legislation to make our streets safer. However, the ultimate effects of state policies can depend on local awareness and implementation. At the California Bicycle Summit, to be held April 18-19, 2024, in San Diego, several sessions will examine the impacts of past and pending state legislation on local programs and infrastructure.

Deploying new tech to solve an old problem

As long as California has Class II bike lanes delineated only by paint, vehicle drivers will illegally park in them. However, thanks to a bill by Assemblymember Christopher Ward, signed into law in 2023, municipalities have a new tool to keep bike lanes clear: photo enforcement. A breakout panel at 10:30 am on Friday will show how new tools, combined with authorizing legislation, give communities the power to issue parking citations using cameras mounted on city vehicles. Assemblymember Ward will be on hand to talk about the new law; he’ll be joined by representatives from the City of Santa Monica and Hayden AI, which manufactures devices that can be used in enforcement.

Barriers to bicycling

CalBike opposed a 2021 bill that places a high insurance burden on shared micromobility operators. We succeeded in limiting the amount and excluding bike share from the requirements. However, insurance remains an obstacle, particularly for nonprofit programs funded through CARB’s Clean Mobility Options grants. A panel at 11:45 am on Thursday will explore how California’s fraught insurance market negatively affects bike and scooter sharing, and what we can do about it.

Complete Streets: back and better than ever

CalBike’s policy director, Jared Sanchez, and consultant Jeanie Ward-Waller will lead a discussion on a crucial piece of active transportation legislation on Friday morning at 9:00 am. Senator Scott Wiener, with sponsorship and support from CalBike and allies, has presented Complete Streets bills in the past, most recently in 2019. The current bill relates only to streets maintained by Caltrans, but state routes bisect many communities, serving as rural main streets and critical urban thoroughfares. Requiring Caltrans to build infrastructure that serves people biking, walking, and taking public transit, as well as people driving cars, will make local communities safer.

This is just a sampling of the sessions on state action and local results. Register today to join the discussion. Advance registration closes Friday, April 12 at 11:59 pm, and a limited number of walk-up tickets will be available. 

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