BILL NUMBER: ACR 211	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	RESOLUTION CHAPTER  120
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  AUGUST 20, 2002
	ADOPTED IN SENATE  AUGUST 12, 2002
	ADOPTED IN ASSEMBLY  JUNE 13, 2002

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Nation

                        MAY 16, 2002

   Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 211--Relative to integrating
walking and biking into transportation infrastructure.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   ACR 211, Nation.  Integrating walking and biking into
transportation infrastructure.
   This measure would encourage all cities and counties to implement
the policies of the California Department of Transportation Deputy
Directive 64 and the United States Department of Transportation's
design guidance document on integrating bicycling and walking when
building their transportation infrastructure.




   WHEREAS, Bicycling and walking contribute to cleaner air; and
   WHEREAS, Bicycling and walking provide affordable and healthy
transportation options for many of the 10 million Californians who do
not possess a driver's license; and
   WHEREAS, The State Department of Health Services has declared that
more than 40,000 Californians annually die from causes related to
physical inactivity; and
   WHEREAS, The United States Centers for Disease Control has
determined that changes in the community environment to promote
physical activity may offer the most practical approach to prevent
obesity or reduce its comorbidities. Automobile trips that can be
safely replaced by walking or bicycling offer the first target for
increased physical activity in communities; and
   WHEREAS, Bicycling and walking contribute to safeguarding our
coast from offshore oil drilling and enhance California's energy
independence and national security by reducing our reliance upon
imported oil; and
   WHEREAS, Designing roads for safe and efficient travel by
bicyclists and pedestrians saves lives; and
   WHEREAS, Bicyclists and pedestrians pay sales taxes which provide
for the majority of local transportation spending; and
   WHEREAS, Local demand for funding from the Bicycle Transportation
Account, the Safe Routes to School, and the Transportation
Enhancement Activity Programs far exceeds available moneys; and
   WHEREAS, The best use of limited financial resources is to include
bicycle and pedestrian elements into roadway projects where
feasible; and
   WHEREAS, Bicycling and walking reduce traffic congestion in
California; and
   WHEREAS, In February 2000, the United States Department of
Transportation issued a design guidance statement titled,
"Accommodating Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel:  A Recommended
Approach-A United States Department of Transportation Policy
Statement on Integrating Bicycling and Walking into Transportation
Infrastructure;" and
   WHEREAS, In March 2001, the California Department of
Transportation issued Deputy Directive 64 titled "Accommodating
Non-Motorized Travel" which states that "The Department fully
considers the needs of non-motorized travelers (including
pedestrians, bicyclists and persons with disabilities) in all
programming, planning maintenance, construction, operations, and
project development activities and products.  This includes
incorporation of the best available standards in all of the
Department's practices.  The Department adopts the best practices
concepts in the US DOT Policy Statement on Integrating Bicycling and
Walking into Transportation Infrastructure;" now, therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, That in order to improve the ability of all
Californians who choose to walk or bicycle to do so safely and
efficiently, the Legislature of the State of California hereby
encourages all cities and counties to implement the policies of the
California Department of Transportation Deputy Directive 64 and the
United States Department of Transportation's design guidance document
on integrating bicycling and walking when building their
transportation infrastructure.