California: New Bill (SB 127) Aimed At Safer State-Owned Roads, Highways For Pedestrians, Bikes

State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, announced new legislation Monday to increase safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists on state-owned highways that serve as surface streets throughout the state.

The proposed bill, Senate Bill 127, would require Caltrans “to improve the safety of our state highways that run through cities and towns so that all users can be safe, not just people driving cars,” Wiener said at a news conference in San Francisco.

The bill would require Caltrans to add improvements like sidewalks and bike lanes when maintaining and improving streets that are part of state highways. Such streets include Van Ness Avenue and 19th Avenue in San Francisco, Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, and many segments of highways in small towns, Wiener said.