AB-28: Bicycle Safety

Session: 2015-2016
Author: Chu
Status: Signed into Law (Chaptered)
AAP-CA Position: Support
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Existing law requires that a bicycle operated during darkness upon a highway, a sidewalk where bicycle operation is not prohibited by the local jurisdiction, or a bikeway, as defined, be equipped with a red reflector on the rear that is visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A violation of this requirement is an infraction.

This bill would instead require that a bicycle operated under those circumstances be equipped with a red reflector or a solid or flashing red light with a built-in reflector on the rear that is visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.

AB 28 (Chu) Bike Safety Letter of Support

AAP Positional Letter



March 25, 2015

Assemblymember Kansen Chu
California State Capitol, Room 5175
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: AB 28 (Chu): Bicycle Safety
AAP-CA POSITION: SUPPORT

Dear Assemblymember Chu,

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California, representing the 5,000 board-certified pediatrician members of all four California AAP regional chapters statewide (Ch 1 – Northern California, Ch 2 – Greater Los Angeles, Ch 3 – San Diego, and Ch 4 – Orange County), strongly supports your proposed legislation AB 28 (Chu). This bill requires that a bicyclist either wear reflective gear or a red flashing light on the rear that is visible from a distance of 500 feet. This will be in addition to the current law that requires bicyclists to be equipped with a red reflector when riding in the dark.

California had the most bicyclists killed of any state in 2012. The Governors Highway Safety Association’s report “Spotlight on Highway Safety: Bicyclist Safety” found that cyclist traffic fatalities rose from 23 in the year 2010 to 123 by 2012. The greatest number of bicyclist deaths occurred in high population states with many urban centers. Bicyclists’ safety should be a statewide concern because bicyclists frequently travel across city boundaries.

Pediatricians strongly support AB 28 and thank you for your public service and strong leadership on behalf of children across California.

Sincerely,

Kris Sig

Kris Calvin
Chief Executive Officer
American Academy of Pediatrics, California