Circulate San Diego joined a coalition letter supporting AB 1238, the Freedom to Walk Act, which would repeal California's "jaywalking" laws by legalizing certain common and safe street crossings that currently qualify as traffic infractions. The Freedom to Walk Act does not change existing law that requires pedestrians to avoid potentially hazardous situations on the roadway.
Jaywalking laws criminalize pedestrians who make safe and logical choices in crossing the street mid-block. This discourages walking and transit use, which runs counter to California's mode shift goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, given that people of color can be disproportionately targeted for traffic stops, legalizing jaywalking also removes a potential for bias in traffic enforcement. Read the full letter here [pdf].
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Circulate San Diego and coalition partners submitted a letter with comments and recommended changes to the Proposed MUTCD Amendment. The MUTCD is a document of federal regulations governing the design of every roadway in the United States, requiring that all traffic signs, surface markings, and signals legally conform to national standards. The current iteration bestows serious barriers for our members and the greater bicycling community.
Our Coalition partners are joining a national effort to improve road safety by calling on the Federal Highway Administration to rewrite the technical standards of roadway design. We respectfully request that the FHWA rewrite the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) in a manner that supports safe systems design, so advocates and jurisdictions alike can help build safer streets for all roadway users.
Read the full letter here [pdf].