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AB-756 Prima facie speed limits: Golden Gate Park.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares as follows:
(a) San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is the third most-visited park in the country, attracting 13 million visitors each year. Unfortunately, due to the park’s popularity, pedestrians and bicyclists are at significant risk of traffic injury or death. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency found that between 2011 and 2016, 157 people were injured and three people were killed on Golden Gate Park roads.
(b) In May 2017, the Department of Transportation released its report, “Toward an Active California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan,” which recommends that the department work with local partners to evaluate the potential safety benefits of setting speed limits on local roads.

SEC. 2.

 Section 22357.2 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

22357.2.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, the City and County of San Francisco may, by ordinance or resolution, reduce the prima facie speed limit when driving on a street or road within Golden Gate Park in the City of San Francisco, excluding Crossover Drive, Park Presidio Bypass Boulevard, and Kezar Drive, to 15 miles per hour, and report to the Department of Transportation regarding any traffic calming measures undertaken to maintain or increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
(b) The prima facie speed limit shall be effective when appropriate signs giving notice of that speed limit are erected along the street or road.
SEC. 3.
 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique circumstances in Golden Gate Park in the City of San Francisco with respect to traffic safety.