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SB-760 Bikeways: design guides.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 01/23/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  January 23, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  January 10, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  January 03, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 760


Introduced by Senator Wiener
(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Chiu and Kalra)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bloom and Friedman)

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 14033.5 to the Government 891.1 to the Streets and Highways Code, relating to transportation. bikeways.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 760, as amended, Wiener. Urban street design: guidance. Bikeways: design guides.
Existing law requires the Department of Transportation to establish minimum safety design criteria for the planning and construction of bikeways and uniform specifications and symbols for associated signs, markers, and traffic control devices. Existing law requires all city, county, regional, and other local agencies responsible for the development or operation of bikeways or roadways where bicycle travel is permitted to utilize all minimum safety design criteria and uniform specifications and symbols for signs, markers, and traffic control devices established under these provisions, except that alternative minimum safety design criteria may be used under certain conditions.
This bill would authorize a city, county, regional, or other local agency, when using the alternative minimum safety design criteria, to consider additional design guides, including the Urban Street Design Guide of the National Association of City Transportation Officials. The bill would authorize a state entity that is responsible for the planning and construction of roadways to consider additional design guides, including the Urban Street Design Guide of the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

Existing law establishes the Active Transportation Program in the Department of Transportation for the purpose of encouraging increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking, and declares the intent of the Legislature that the program achieve specific goals, including, among other things, increasing the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking and the safety and mobility for nonmotorized users. Existing law requires the department to update the Highway Design Manual to incorporate the “complete streets” design concept by January 1, 2018.

This bill would require, on or before January 1, 2019, the department to adopt the Guidance for Urban Street Design of the National Association of City Transportation Officials as the standard for roadway facilities that carry local traffic in urbanized areas.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YESNO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 891.1 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

891.1.
 (a) Pursuant to Section 891, a city, county, regional, or other local agency responsible for the development or operation of bikeways or roadways where bicycle travel is permitted, may consider additional design guides, including, but not limited to, the Urban Street Design Guide of the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
(b) A state entity responsible for the planning and construction of roadways may consider additional design guides, including, but not limited to, the Urban Street Design Guide of the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

SECTION 1.Section 14033.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:
14033.5.

On or before January 1, 2019, the department shall adopt the Guidance for Urban Street Design of the National Association of City Transportation Officials as the standard for roadway facilities that carry local traffic in urbanized areas.