Monday, September 03, 2012

Last minute bill would exempt bike lanes from environmental review

Last-minute state legislation that will exempt bike lanes from environmental review was introduced by Republican Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita). The alliance between bike advocates and the right-wing is complete. It's been in the works for years, as both developers and "progressive" bike zealots resent the fact that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that any project that even might have a negative impact on the environment must undergo environmental review before it's implemented.
The SF Bicycle Coalition was furious when we forced the city to do an EIR on the Bicycle Plan and has long advocated "reforming" and "fixing" CEQA to exempt that special interest group's anti-car, traffic-snarling plans for city streets.
The LA Weekly correctly lists the legislation as one of the ten stupidest bills that legislators are trying to sneak through at the end of this legislative session.

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