Quick quiz: Who remembers California Assembly Bill 840 introduced by Tom Ammaniano for the 2013 legislative session. Anybody? Anybody?
This is the bill that would have required questions on bicycling, including questions about “bicycle markings, bicycle lanes, and bicycles in travel lanes” on California’s driver license test. Pretty cool, huh?
AB 840 was referred to the Assembly Transportation Committee where, unfortunately, every bit of language mentioning bicycles was completely stripped from the bill. It’s been replaced with a “a statement requiring the applicant to acknowledge that he or she knows of the dangers of distracted driving.” That’s not horrible, but leaving the bicycle rules requirements would have been better.
According to the bill history information, Tom Ammaniano, who introduced AB 840 in the first place, authored the amendments.
Other bike bills amended
Of the other bicycle-related legislation in California’s legislative session, we see minor changes to improve the language in three other bills: Phil Ting’s AB 1193 to allow designs for bicycle facilities that are not in California’s design manual or MUTCD; Bloom’s AB 1002; and Bocanegra’s AB 1179, to consider the impact on school enrollment and siting in sustainable communities planning. Unlike the radical change we see in AB 840, the actual purpose of those bills doesn’t seem changed.
H/T to Merc-News reporters Mike Rosenberg on Twitter.