The bill, AB 1193 by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-S.F.) and sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition "would make it easier for California cities to build protected bike lanes," writes Melanie Curry of Streetsblog LA.
We wrote of the bill in February after it cleared the Assembly: "Right now, many cities are not putting in cycle tracks [a.k.a. protected bike lanes] for fear they don't conform to the Caltrans manual,” says Ting, whose bill would legalize and set design standards for cycle tracks."
Curry lists what the bill will do and why it is necessary:
If the bill is signed, Curry suggests that bike planners and advocates memorize the following:
"(T)he new protected bike lanes category would be officially named 'Class IV Bikeways,' adding to Class I Bikeways (bike paths or shared use paths), Class II bikeways (bike lanes), and Class III bikeways (bike routes)."
As Ting stated in his August 28 press release, "Sharing the road is one thing, designing it better is another.”
Gov. Jerry Brown has until Sept. 30 to act on the bill.