Friday, December 23, 2011

Caltrans News, PCH and Canyon Road for multi-users

After many years of being shut out, bicycling now has representation on the powerful Caltrans advisory committee that sets statewide standards for bike lanes and other traffic control devices. Caltrans appointed two new seats to the California Traffic Control Devices Committee to represent "non-motorized" interests, including bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. Caltrans has jurisdiction over Laguna Canyon Road and PCH and are tasked with accommodating non-motorized road users by federal mandate. More lawmaker news from the California Bicycle Coalition:
  • CBC is sponsoring AB-819 to give local agencies leeway to design bike-ways that they have with their own streets and roads. By eliminating the Caltrans monopoly on bikeway designs, AB 819 will lead to a huge expansion in safer bikeway designs throughout California.
  • CBC is asking the California Legislature to maintain the current proportion of federal funds it spends for bike and pedestrian projects.
  • CBC will re-introduce the 3-foot passing bill Governor Brown vetoed in October.

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