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                                   THIRD READING 


          Bill No:  AB 28
          Author:   Chu (D)
          Amended:  8/31/15 in Senate
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE TRANS. & HOUSING COMMITTEE:  11-0, 6/16/15
           AYES:  Beall, Cannella, Allen, Bates, Gaines, Galgiani, Leyva,  
            McGuire, Mendoza, Roth, Wieckowski

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:  Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  78-0, 5/14/15 (Consent) - See last page for  
            vote

           SUBJECT:   Bicycle safety:  rear lights


          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:   This bill authorizes the use of a solid or flashing  
          red light with a built-in reflector in place of a red reflector  
          on the rear of a bicycle being operated during darkness.

          Senate Floor Amendments of 8/31/15 stipulate that a red flashing  
          light is suitable, in place o f a rear reflector, as the rear  
          visibility component on a bicycle, only if it also contains a  
          built in reflector.

          ANALYSIS:    Existing federal regulations require all bicycles  
          sold in the U.S. to be equipped with reflective devices to  
          permit recognition and identification under illumination from  
          motor vehicle headlamps.  These reflective devices include  
          front, pedal, rear, and side reflectors.








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          Existing state law places provisions on bicycles operated during  
          darkness.  To be compliant, bicycles must have:

          1)A front-facing white light visible from a distance of 300  
            feet.


          2)A rear-facing red reflector visible from a distance of 500  
            feet.


          3)A white or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or ankle  
            visible from the front and rear of the bicycle from a distance  
            of 200 feet.


          4)A white or yellow reflector on each side forward of the center  
            of the bicycle and a white or red reflector on each side to  
            the rear of the center (unless the tires themselves are  
            reflectorized).


          This bill authorizes the use of a solid or flashing red light  
          with a built-in reflector in place of a red reflector on the  
          rear of a bicycle being operated during darkness.

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   Yes


          SUPPORT:   (Verified9/1/15)


          California Bicycle Coalition


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified9/1/15)


          None received

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  78-0, 5/14/15
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom,  







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            Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang,  
            Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle,  
            Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina  
            Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez,  
            Gordon, Gray, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden,  
            Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Lopez, Low,  
            Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Melendez, Mullin,  
            Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea,  
            Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago,  
            Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber,  
            Wilk, Williams, Wood, Atkins
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Linder, Medina

          Prepared by:Randy Chinn / T. & H. / (916) 651-4121
          9/1/15 21:30:45


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