Legislators ride around Capitol in support of bike share program

Senator Henry Stern (front) talks about Senate Bill 702 beside Assembly members Monique Limon, Todd Gloria and Laura Friedman. Courtesy of Senate Photographer Lorie Shelley.

Senator Henry Stern hopped on a bicycle and rode a mile around the State Capitol on Monday evening in an effort to garner support for the bike share program one of his senate bills would create.

Alongside legislators and bike share advocates, the senator sought to rally elected officials in favor of a statewide bike share program for state employees.

“By reducing the number of state vehicles we use every day and building upon successes we’ve already seen with bike sharing, SB 702 will save taxpayers money, offer workers happier and healthier transportation modes and reduce air pollution,” Stern said on the Capitol steps.

Assembly members Monique Limon, Todd Gloria, Laura Friedman, California Bicycle Coalition Policy Director Jeanie Ward-Waller and Senators Henry Stern, Bob Hertzberg and Ben Allen smile outside the Capitol after a press conference in support of Senate Bill 702. Courtesy of Senate Photographer Lorie Shelley.

If Stern’s bill passes, state employees would be allowed to borrow bikes for day trips on state business, errands, lunch or other trips at no cost.

Additionally, the program would include an online reservation system so riders could book their bikes in advance.

The Department of General Services opened a bike share program in Sacramento in May 2016. Stern’s bill would expand the program to other feasible locations as the DGS saw fit.

Those who use the bike share program must complete an online safety training and sign a liability waiver.

Senate Bill 702 is currently in the committee process, and as the legislative session nears a close, elected officials will make a final decision on the bill soon.

The California Bicycle Coalition is among the bill’s supporters, whose goal is to triple the amount of bicycling statewide by 2020.

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