State lawmakers have proposed a number of important transportation bills this year, including ones to reduce crashes and fatalities, support e-bike growth, and address racism and inequities in traffic enforcement.
This Friday, February 26th, is the first deadline for legislators to cosponsor bills. The more co-sponsors a bill has, the greater its odds are of passing.
Here’s how you can help us pass these bills into law
Contact your state legislators TODAY — Follow the link below for an easy-to-use form, complete with template text, to contact your representatives. There are A LOT of bills we’re advocating for, so feel free to modify the form’s text as you see fit; this is your feedback.
**Be sure to include the bill numbers! There are often competing versions of similar bills with similar names.
About the bills we’re advocating for
- An Act to reduce traffic fatalities (HD.1888) — This is an improved version of the comprehensive bill the Senate passed last year. It covers a range of changes such as reducing speed limits, defining a safe passing distance around vulnerable road users, and adding safety requirements for large trucks — including the addition of backup cameras, which is new to this version of the bill.
- An Act relative to automated enforcement (SD.1962/HD.3705 and HD.2452) — If passed, municipalities could choose to install cameras to enforce traffic laws like speeding and running red lights.
- An Act relative to electric bicycles (HD.1396 and SD.2303) — Would categorize e-bikes differently from “motorized bikes” and mopeds, increasing their usage and enabling BlueBikes to add e-bikes to its fleet.
- An Act relative to electric bicycle rebates (HD.2436) — Would provide rebates of up to $750 for low- and moderate-income individuals, and up to $500 for everyone else for buying an e-bike.
- An Act relative to commuter transit benefits (HD.2249 and SD.1340) — Would allow people to claim pre-tax benefits for costs related to bike commuting, and for using Regional Transit Authority (RTA) passes.
- An Act to reduce congestion and encourage shared rides (HD.2425/SD.1849) — Would increase per-trip fees on ride-hailing services (aka Transportation Network Companies, or TNCs, like Uber/Lyft), and use the revenue to support transit.
Equity / Civil Liberties
- An Act relative to traffic and pedestrian stop data (SD.1892) — Would require law enforcement agencies to collect and report data from traffic enforcement stops, in order to analyze and address the prevalence of racial profiling.
- An Act to regulate face surveillance (HD.3228 / SD.2134) — Would build on last year’s police reform bill by establishing meaningful restrictions on racially biased face surveillance, which would ensure protections are in place before widespread camera use for automated enforcement.
- An Act relative to work and family mobility during and subsequent to the COVID-19 emergency (SD.273/HD.448) — Would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, which, in addition to improving equity, has been proven to increase road safety in other states.
- An Act relative to traffic stops and racial profiling (SD.1867) — Would create a method of automated enforcement for certain traffic laws and remove them from being the reason for a primary traffic stop.
- An Act to End Debt-based Incarceration and Suspensions (HD.2885/SD.2040) — Would end debt-based driver’s license suspensions, as part of a nationwide movement to stop the criminalization of poverty and break the cycle of debt.
A detailed synopsis of each bill is available on our website here.