Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Motorcycle and Bicycle Riders

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

(Sacramento) Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 672 authored by Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield).  SB 672 will ensure that local transportation agencies will replace current traffic-actuated signals during the course of regular maintenance and upgrade cycles to adopt motorcycle-and bicycle-sensitive signals.

“Since I authored the original law ten years ago, this common sense measure has proven to be effective at making our roads safer,” said Senator Fuller.  “Not only does it make our streets safer, it does not create any significant cost to local governments.”

Current law simply provides that, in due course of maintaining or replacing these signals, local governments ensure that the systems are set at a level to that can detect cyclists and motorcycles, thus addressing the problem without extending a specific mandate from Sacramento.

The original law written ten years ago by Senator Fuller included the sunset provision to ensure it was cost effective.

What other supporters are saying about the signing of SB 672:

California Association of Bicycling Organizations (CABO)

“After a successful 10 Year Pilot Program Traffic Lights will continue to be fixed and updated to detect Bicyclists leading to fewer incidents, accidents and inoperable Traffic Lights - all newly installed Traffic Signals must detect Bicyclists and Motorcyclists. We thank our Bicycle Friendly Governor and Senator from Bakersfield Jean Fuller for this permeant extension of this Transportation Safety Bill.”
-- Jim Baross, President, California Association of Bicycling Organization

ABATE of California - Motorcyclists Rights Organization

“Thanks to Governor Brown for signing this permanent extension, with over a Million Motorcyclists in our State this legislation is imperative to protect Riders on California Roads. We appreciate Senator Jean Fuller continuing to protect our rights, her introduction of the original legislation 10 years ago as well as her support this year for Motorcyclists & Bicyclists shows her dedication to Riders throughout the State. California continues to lead the way in Safety and effective Motorcycle Legislation.”
-- Glenn Phillips, Chairman of the Board , ABATE of California – Motorcyclists Rights Organization