The Marin County Bicycle supports key legislative efforts at the state and federal levels to improve bicycle policies and increase funding for programs that build bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Our organization served a leadership role in having Congress authorize $612 million in funding for Safe Routes to School for five years during the year 2005. In that same year, we were also successful insecuring authorization of $100 million for the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, which provides $25 million each to four communities to demonstrate how walking and bicycling can improve mobility and health, while decreasing pollution and car use.
State Legislative Update
MCBC supports SB 1061 (Hancock). This bill authorizes the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) to spend future revenues from bridge tolls to construct a bicycle-pedestrian-maintenance pathway on the western portion of the San Francisco Bay Bridge between Yerba Buena Island and San Francisco.
See the archives below for information on past state legislative victories.
Please see the California Bicycle Coalition's webpage for details about other state legislation efforts. The California Bicycle Coalition promotes bicycling to create safe, healthy, and livable communities. The CBC is your voice in state government.
Federal Legislation Update
In March 2009 America Bikes released their platform for the 2009 federal transportation bill authorization. America Bikes was first formed in 2002 to lobby for improved bicycle funding at the federal level through the reauthorization of the transportation bill. America Bikes includes representation from the eight big national bicycle groups: Bikes Belong Coalition, the League of American Bicyclists, Adventure Cycling Association, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, International Mountain Biking Association, the National Center for Walking and Bicycling, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and Thunderhead Alliance. Affiliated with America Bikes are also: the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and the Surface Transportation Policy Project.
In February 2009, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who is Chair of the Congressional Bike Caucus, release a summary of federal progress on bicycling during the 110th Congress (2007 and 2008). Click here to read the update.
In October 2008, the Bike Commuter Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. The Bicycle Commuter Act provides employers a tax break of up to $20 a month if they give some bicycle commuting benefits to their employees. It's a modest step forward. "It may not be a total game changer," the League of American Bicyclist’s Andy Clarke told Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. "It's still a relatively small break. But it gets us closer to the kind of treatment that cyclists in the U.K. and other parts of the world have had for years."
Work is also underway at the national level to expand provisions for bicycling and Safe Routes to School in the 2009 transportation bill. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is leading federal efforts on that program, while America Bikes is pushing the broad bicycling agenda.
The following bill that MCBC supported was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger on September 30, 2008:
During the 2007 State Legislative session, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition supported several bills. The following bills were signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger:
- AB57, Safe Routes to School (Soto)
- AB33, Teen Cell Phone Use (Simitian)
- AB458, Night-time illumination (Wolk)
- AB1581, Traffic actuated signals for bicyclists and motorcyclists (Fuller)
Governor signs Complete Streets bill but vetos Bike Safety bill (October 1, 2008)
BIG NEWS! Marin County gets $25 million to build a bicycle and pedestrian network
Click here to read how MCBC helped to shape bike provisions in the Federal Transportation Bill
Click here to read media coverage
Governor Vetoes AB 748 and SB 523 (September 2005)
- Two Bike Bills on the Governor's Desk (AB 748 and SB 523)
- Say NO to a bicycle toll on the Golden Gate Bridge
- Read about AB 748 in the Marin IJ
- Read about GGB directors' opposition to AB 748
House of Representatives Passes TEA-21 Renewal Bill (March, 2004)
Governor Davis Signs Two Pro-Bike Bills (Nov, 2003)
AB 1409 for Bike Racks on Commuter Buses is now law!
- Caltrans describes how to implement AB 1409
- AB 1409 for Bike Racks on Commuter Buses on Governor's Desk
- Background on Legislation for Bike Racks on Commuter Buses
- Contra Costa Times article on Bike Racks
Joe Nation's Assembly Resolution Number 211 (May, 2002)