Petition update

Flashing crosswalk bills officially dead, but our work continues

Robert Griendling
Saint Petersburg, FL, United States

Mar 18, 2020 — 

We’ve received official word that the bills that could have required the removal of many signaled crosswalks are dead for this session of the Florida legislature.

Our petition certainly cannot take full credit for defeating this bill. Orlando and St. Petersburg governments came out strong against the bills and engaged lobbyists to defeat them. Other organizations weighed in. But I’m sure a nearly 1,000-signature petition caught legislators’ and the governor’s attention and educated them to the unintended consequences of these bills. So thank you.

Those of us wanting more people-friendly streets and communities can effect change in various ways, from signing a petition to calling and writing legislators to attending rallies and community meetings on behalf of our issues. And especially on a local level, it doesn’t take huge numbers to have our collective voice heard.

There are other issues we’re following, including efforts to provide vulnerable road users more protections and to re-balance our rights with motorists' rights. Our roads cannot be designed simply to move cars from point A to point B as fast as possible when pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized travelers are put at unnecessary risk. But changes are happening:

  • New York has recently introduced legislation that makes it easier for D.A.’s to charge motorists who kill vulnerable road users.
  • Philadelphia activists descended upon the D.A.’s office after a judge dismissed charges against a driver who killed a cyclist. Their pressure prompted the prosecutor to appeal the judge’s decision.
  • Colorado legislators this month passed a bill that gives cyclists in bike lanes the right of way.

We'll keep you abreast of issues regarding vulnerable road issues and hope you’ll join the effort.

If you have questions or want to be more involved, contact me at bob@griendling.com.

Thanks again for your support on the flashing beacons issues. Be safe out there.


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