Legislative update: SRTS, walk, bike bills advance with strong support

california_capitol_buildingMay is a busy time in the Legislature as both houses scramble to pass bills before a May 30 deadline. It’s great timing for hundreds of community residents and advocates for healthy and active communities to convene in Sacramento to rally and meet with legislators at ENACT Day tomorrow, May 29!

We’ve seen a lot of positive action in the last two weeks on the bills on our Safe Routes to School legislative platform, demonstrating strong support from both the Senate and Assembly for walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School…

  • SB 1151, the Safer School Zone Bill, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Floor by unanimous vote, and is awaiting a hearing date in the Assembly Transportation Committee.
  • SB 1067, which puts greater emphasis on safe access to community-centered schools through the CA Department of Education School Site Selection Process, passed Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously and is up for a vote on the Senate floor this week.
  • AB 2398, the Vulnerable User Bill, and AB 1532, the Hit and Run Bill, both passed Assembly Appropriations Committee with flying colors and are up for a vote on the Assembly floor this week.
  • SB 1183, which allows local jurisdictions to raise funds for trails and bikeways with an additional vehicle registration fee, passed Senate Appropriations Committee 5-2 and is up for a vote on the Senate floor this week.

Take Action!

Despite the success these bills have achieved so far, more support is critical this week before the May 30 floor vote deadline to ensure they all keep moving toward passage in September.

Check out our new Safe Routes to School Legislative Action page for three quick and easy ways to support all of the bills on our 2014 platform.

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