Amended in Assembly April 1, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 206


Introduced by Assembly Member Dickinson

January 30, 2013


An act to add Section 35400.8 to the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 206, as amended, Dickinson. Vehicles: length limitations: buses: bicycle transportation devices.

Existing law imposes a 40-foot limitation on the length of vehicles that may be operated on the highways, with specified exemptions. Existing law exempts from this limitation an articulated bus or trolley and a bus, except a schoolbus, that is operated by a public agency or passenger stage corporation that is used in a transit system if it is equipped with a folding device attached to the front of the vehicle that is designed and used exclusively for transporting bicycles, does not materially affect efficiency or visibility of vehicle safety equipment, and does not extend more than 36 inches from the front of the body of the bus or trolley when fully deployed. In addition, existing law prohibits a bicycle that is transported on the above-described device from having the bicycle handlebars extend more than 42 inches from the front of the vehicle.

This bill would authorize the Sacramento Regional Transit District to install folding devices attached to the front of its buses that are designed and used exclusively for transporting bicycles if the use of the device meets certain requirements, including, but not limited to, that the device does not extend more than 40 inches from the front of the bus when fully deployed, and that the handlebars of the bicycles being transported do not extend more than 46 inches from the front of the bus.begin insert This bill would also establish, for a specified purpose, a route review committee prior to the installation of the initial folding device on a bus that is 45 feet in length. This bill would require the committee to perform an initial review of the routes on which the district proposes to operate a 45-foot bus equipped with a front-mounted bicycle rack and would require the committee to make a determination of, by unanimous vote of all members, the routes that are suitable for the safe operation of a 45-foot bus that is equipped with a front-mounted bicycle rack.end insert The bill would require the district to submit a report, containing specified requirements, to the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing on or before December 31, 2018.

This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Sacramento Regional Transit District.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 35400.8 is added to the Vehicle Code,
2to read:

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35400.8.  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 35400, the Sacramento
4Regional Transit District, created pursuant to Article 1
5(commencing with Section 6500) of Chapter 5 of Division 7 of
6Title 1 of the Government Code as a joint powers agency, may
7install a folding device attached to the front of a bus that is
8designed and used exclusively for transporting bicycles if the
9following conditions are met:

10(1) The device does not extend more than 40 inches from the
11front body of the bus when fully deployed.

12(2) The device, including all bicycles transported on the device,
13is mounted in a manner that does not materially affect efficiency
14or visibility of vehicle safety equipment.

15(3) The handlebars of a bicycle that is transported on a device
16described in this subdivision do not extend more than 46 inches
17from the front of the bus.

P3    1(b) For purposes of this section, “district” means the Sacramento
2Regional Transit District.

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3(c) (1) The district shall establish a route review committee
4prior to the installation of the initial folding device, pursuant to
5subdivision (a), on a bus that is 45 feet in length. The purpose of
6the committee is to ensure the safe operation of a 45-foot bus that
7is equipped with a front-mounted bicycle rack.

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8(2) The committee established pursuant to this subdivision shall
9perform an initial review of the routes on which the district
10proposes to operate a 45-foot bus equipped with a front-mounted
11bicycle rack. The review shall include a field review of the
12proposed routes, including consultation with licensed traffic
13engineers from affected public agencies that have jurisdiction over
14segments of the route or routes under review in order to ensure
15coordination with all affected state and local public road agencies
16that may potentially be impacted due to the operation of a 45-foot
17bus with a front-mounted bicycle rack.

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18(3) (A) By unanimous vote of all members, the committee shall
19make a determination of the routes that are suitable for the safe
20operation of a 45-foot bus that is equipped with a front-mounted
21bicycle rack.

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22(B) Before conducting a vote pursuant to subparagraph (A),
23the committee shall obtain certification approved by a licensed
24traffic engineer that all proposed routes are safe for travel by
2545-foot buses equipped with the bicycle racks specified in
26subdivision (a).

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27(4) Upon any proposal to make substantive changes to additions
28to approved routes, those changes shall be subject to review and
29certification pursuant to paragraph (2) prior to being approved
30by the committee.

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31(5) The members of the committee shall be selected not more
32than 30 days after receipt of the district’s proposal to equip a
3345-foot bus with a front-mounted bicycle rack and shall be
34comprised of the following members:

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35(A) One member from the district who shall be appointed by
36the district’s general manager and who shall be a voting member
37of the committee.

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38(B) One member who is a licensed traffic engineer selected by
39the governing board of the district and who shall be a voting
40member of the committee.

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P4    1(C) One member appointed by the labor organization that is
2the exclusive representative of the busdrivers of the district. This
3member shall be a voting member of the committee.

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4(D) One member appointed by the governing board of the
5district who shall be a representative of the bicycling community
6and who shall reside within the area of the district jurisdiction.
7This member shall be a nonvoting member of the committee.

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8(c)

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9begin insert(d)end insert If a folding device is installed pursuant to subdivision (a),
10the district shall submit a report in compliance with Section 9795
11of the Government Code to the Assembly Committee on
12Transportation and the Senate Committee on Transportation and
13Housing on or before December 31, 2018. The report shall include
14a summary of any vehicular or traffic incidents where the size of
15the folding device was a factor, and a summary of the mobility
16improvements that these folding devices provide.

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SEC. 2.  

The Legislature finds and declares that a special law
18is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable
19within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California
20Constitution because of the unique circumstances of a large number
21of bicycle riders using buses operated by the Sacramento Regional
22Transit District and the need to determine whether there are safety
23considerations in having 40-inch bicycle racks on the front of the
24district’s buses.



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