Support safer school zones and more funding for SRTS – act now!
April 15, 2014 2 Comments
Senate Bill 1151 needs your support before April 22!
SB-1151 aims to increase safety for schools students in two important ways: 1. by improving driver behavior in school zones with higher penalties for speed limit violations, and 2. by dedicating the additional revenue generated by those higher penalties to school-based safety improvements through the Active Transportation Program.
This important bill comes at a critical time – dedicated Safe Routes to School project funding is only guaranteed for the first three years of the new Active Transportation Program. With the additional revenue that SB 1151 proposes to generate, the state would continue a dedicated source of funding for projects that prioritize the safety of students walking and bicycling to school.
The idea for this bill came from our partners at the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, and is authored by Senator Anthony Cannella who represents Modesto, Merced, and Salinas. Two high school students from the author’s district also proposed the idea to the Senator.
SB 1151 is headed to the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee for a vote on Tuesday, April 29 and needs broad support to pass. Send a letter of support to Chairman DeSaulnier today! The deadline for support letters is 4/22.
While you’re at it, support two other bills that benefit Safe Routes to School:
AB 2398 (Levine) – increases penalties for drivers that cause injury to a “vulnerable user”, aka pedestrian or bicyclist, in the act of a traffic violation. Scheduled for a vote in the Assembly Transportation Committee next Monday, 4/21.
AB 1179 (Bocanegra) – adds the Superintendent of Public Instruction to represent the Department of Education on the state Strategic Growth Council, with the aim to improve coordination between state agencies of school and transportation planning for smart growth. This bill will be heard next in Senate Natural Resources Committee, hearing not yet scheduled.