Law and Policies

In addition to the resources provided in the California Vehicle Code, DMV Safety Tips for Bicyclists, Federal Manual Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Caltrans, and by Caltrans, the administrative and policy documents listed below are important shapers of California policies on walking and bicycling. 

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 211: Integrating walking and biking into transportation infrastructure

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 211 (2002) acknowledges the importance of bicycling and walking to the State of California and encourages all cities and counties to “implement the policies of [Deputy Directive 64] and the United States Department of Transportation’s design guidance document on integrating bicycling and walking when building their transportation infrastructure.”

California Government Code 4450: Access to Public Buildings by Physically Handicapped Persons

California Government Code 4450 requires that buildings, structures, sidewalks, curbs, curb ramps, and related facilities that are built with State funds, the funds of cities, counties, or of other political subdivisions be accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. 

California Government Code 65080: Transportation Planning and Programming

California Government Code 65080 (a) states that each transportation planning agency designated under Section 29532 or 29532.1 shall prepare and adopt a regional transportation plan directed at achieving a coordinated and balanced regional transportation system, including, but not limited to, mass transportation, highway, railroad, maritime, bicycle, pedestrian, goods movement, and aviation facilities and services. The plan shall be action-oriented and pragmatic, considering both the short-term and long-term future, and shall present clear, concise policy guidance to local and State officials. The regional transportation plan shall consider factors specified in Section 134 of Title 23 of the United States Code. Each transportation planning agency shall consider and incorporate, as appropriate, the transportation plans of cities, counties, districts, private organizations, and State and Federal agencies.

Other resources: 

Crosswalk Laws and Vision Zero: Presentation to SHSP Pedestrians Challenge Area, February 2017—from Meghan Mitman, Fehr and Peers
Creating Pedestrian-friendly Streets: A Webinar about Legal and Practical Issues—from National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity.