California’s legislative cycle is in full swing, and the Safe Routes Partnership continues to advocate for our priorities in Sacramento. In partnership with our co-sponsors CalWalks, CalBike and the American Heart Association, we have been meeting frequently with legislators and agency staff about SB 127 (Wiener), which will guarantee the implementation of Complete Streets improvements along sections of the State Highway System that fall within a half-mile radius of key community destinations such as schools and parks. We expect the bill to be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee in early April.
We will also be in Sacramento this week with the Sustainable Communities for All Coalition (SC4A) lobbying for investments from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund that benefit disadvantaged communities. Among the programs for which SC4A is seeking support from the 40% annual appropriations portion are Urban Greening; student transit passes; and adding a pilot electric bike (pedal assist) purchase incentive program to California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.