BILL NUMBER: AB 1581	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  JULY 12, 2007

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Fuller

                        FEBRUARY 23, 2007

   An act to add and repeal Section 21450.5 of the Vehicle Code,
relating to vehicles.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1581, as amended, Fuller. Traffic-actuated signals: bicycles:
motorcycles.
   (1) Existing law provides for official traffic control devices.
   This bill would include as an official traffic control device a
traffic-actuated signal that displays one or more of its indications
in response to the presence of traffic detected by mechanical,
visual, electrical, or other means. Upon the first placement  of
a traffic-actuated signal  or replacement  of the loop
detector  of a traffic-actuated signal, the signal would have to
be installed and maintained, to the extent feasible and in
conformance with professional engineering practices, so as to detect
lawful bicycle or motorcycle traffic on the roadway.  Cities and
counties would not be required to comply with those requirements
until the Department of Transportation has established uniform
standards, specifications, and guidelines for the detection of
bicycles and motorcycles by traffic-actuated signals and related
signal timing.  The Commission on State Mandates would be
required to consult with the Department of Transportation regarding
mandate claims relating to these provisions. This bill would provide
that its provisions would remain in effect until January 1, 2018, and
would be repealed on that date. By imposing new duties on local
government, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program
upon local governments.
   (2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse
local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.
   This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates
determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state,
reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these
statutory provisions.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: yes.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  (a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares the
following:
   (1) Bicyclists and motorcyclists are legitimate users of roadways
in California.
   (2) Traffic-actuated signals that do not detect bicycle or
motorcycle traffic pose a danger to law-abiding bicyclists and
motorcyclists.
   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to
better protect law-abiding bicyclists and motorcyclists.
  SEC. 2.  Section 21450.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
   21450.5.  (a) A traffic-actuated signal is an official traffic
control signal, as specified in Section 445, that displays one or
more of its indications in response to the presence of traffic
detected by mechanical, visual, electrical, or other means.
   (b) Upon the first placement  of a traffic-actuated signal
 or replacement  of the loop det   ector  of a
traffic-actuated signal, the traffic-actuated signal shall, to the
extent feasible and in conformance with professional traffic
engineering practice, be installed and maintained so as to detect
lawful bicycle or motorcycle traffic on the roadway.
   (c) Cities, counties, and cities and counties shall not be
required to comply with the provisions contained in subdivision (b)
until the Department of Transportation, in consultation with these
entities, has established uniform standards, specifications, and
guidelines for the detection of bicycles  and motorcycles 
by traffic-actuated signals and related signal timing. 
   This 
    (d)    This  section shall remain in
effect only until January 1, 2018, and as of that date is repealed,
unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1,
2018, deletes or extends that date.
  SEC. 3.  The Commission on State Mandates shall consult with the
Department of Transportation when it develops parameters and
guidelines for any mandate claim arising from the enactment of these
provisions to ensure that eligible reimbursement is limited solely to
the incremental costs of installing sensor wiring that can detect
bicycle or motorcycle traffic.
  SEC. 4.  If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this
act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local
agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant
to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of
the Government Code.