Overturn Anti-Hitchhiking California State Law Penal Code 21957

    1. Alexandra Wilson
    2. Petition by

      Alexandra Wilson

      San Francisco, CA

California State Penal Code 21957 reads: "No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle."

NOTE: California Vehicle Code section 530, provides that: "A "roadway" is that portion of a highway improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel-- this INCLUDES shoulders of highways. 

   It is OUR conclusion, the undersigned, that shoulders of roadways must be reserved for hitchhiking in case of emergencies for all American citizens, & that NO CITIZEN should be without the right to express their need to obtain safety when stranded.

Hitchhiking in California must be legalized for several reasons. Some of them include:

1.) Hitchhiking uses less gas than each person owning their own vehicle, & people should have the right to use less gas & to help each other do so. Restricting people's personal choices to either hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers is a violation of people who are "conscientious objectors" to the excess consumption of oil.

2.) Restricting peoples' ability to travel safely in modern times long distances to only people who can afford a vehicle & its financial upkeep as well as those who can afford public transit is a form of discrimination against impoverished citizens, who are often only able to travel via hitchhiking-- especially in emergencies.

3.) Hitchhiking promotes togetherness of spirit, & involves a person in need as well as a good samaritan. People in America ought have the religious protection to express their need for a ride (a form of protection that ought be protected by the first amendment) & also to express their will to help those in need. To bar this communication between victim of circumstance & those who want to pick up hitchhikers is a violation of both parties' political & religious protections as ensured within the bill of rights.

4.) Using less gas can help reduce gas prices for everyone, & also helps mitigate environmental damages believed by many people to be associated with the consumption of fossil fuels. The American People reserve the right to express their personal needs to fulfill that which they feel to be right.

5.) The need to hitchhike can happen to anyone for a number a reasons, & should it happen to someone without water, not having the option to hitchhike could expose a person to heatstroke or exhaustion if they are caught without water in an isolated situation.  This  is a serious safety issue.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. 22 supporters in ONE DAY!!!!

      Alexandra Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks you sincerely for signing this & sharing this petition everyone! I've been hitchiking the U.S.A. over 10 years now-- August will be 11-- & so this is very close to my heart, as I'm currently stuck in Buttonwillow, CA (where the nuclear waste from the Manhatten Project is buried!), & have been threatened by a CHP officer that if Kevin & I are seen hitching again we'll be arrested. After that we went right to Starbuck's (see Wi-Fi options in Buttonwillow & they've been very nice to us in there) & I wrote up this petition.
      I think its really amazing, because if you can each pass this on, then in ONE MORE DAY each of you just gets 10 people-- less than half the progress from yesterday-- we'll have 220 supporters! Exponential growth at this rate means that in 4 days we'll have over 10,000 signatures! Please-- this is very important! WE CAN DO IT!!!! I've got this petition on the new- JUST started site OurLandsToo.org-- which will be growing soon.

    3. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • John Christopher GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO
      • 12 months ago

      The Christ Messiah has quite effectively taught this Lightknight that checking mates against the proliferation of excessively lopsided governments is a significant 'matter' of balancing the actual legal intent & Truth In Spirit...+

    • William Hill FAIRFAX, CA
      • 12 months ago

      I have hitchhiked much of my life and had no such problems where there was no sign explicitly prohibiting (for safety reason), as ON freeways in California. It was not illegal in Oregon!!!

    • Yvette Wakefield FAIRFAX, CA
      • 12 months ago

      If I hadn't been able to hitchhike when I was a college student, I would never have gotten an education. Also, I would never have been able to visit family and friends with getting free rides as a hitchhiker.

    • Zsolt Horvath WINDSOR, CA
      • 12 months ago

      Get government out of our lives.

      And focus on eliminating government corruption instead.

      A victim less crime is NOT a crime.

    • Barry Nordby OCCIDENTAL, CA
      • 12 months ago

      I won't normally pick up hitchhikers, but hitchhiking illegal? Is this really necessary?


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