Appendix B: Three intentions of SB 1233 were contradicted.
SB 1233’s analysis under “Description” (
First, it was not
"non-controversial" because of statements by the City
of Sunnyvale to the County to remove illegal "pedestrians prohibited"
signs after Sunnyvale repealed their pedestrian prohibition a year earlier (on
April 22, 2003) on Central Expressway --and the County de-facto refusing to
comply. A letter from
Second, it was far from being "non-substantive" because it eliminated the right of bicyclists and pedestrians to use roadways (other than freeways) by eliminating the freeway stipulation, and the right of access stipulation for prohibiting both bicycles and pedestrians. It added “expressways” to CVC 21960, and trivialized declaring expressways. No one can claim “non-substantive” because the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and the Modern Transit Society have successfully used this right to forcethe County, for over 20 years, to remove "pedestrians bicycles ... prohibited" signs that banned use of bike lanes, sidewalks, pedestrian paths, bus stops and shoulders along about 40 miles of arterial roads that were renamed “expressway.” See photos at: moderntransit.org/capitol
This right was also acknowledged in the May 4 County report.
However, the County continued stonewalling on sign removal in full knowledge of
the State law change effective
Third, it was not
"minor." These changes to California Vehicle Code 21960 vastly expanded the authority of all local authorities in