After numerous failed attempts by bicycle advocates to increase street safety across the state, Governor Jerry Brown finally signed into law a Give-Me-3 bill that requires motorists to give bicyclists traveling on the street at least 3 feet of clearance. Brown previously vetoed two bills that called for the same rule due to questions regarding liability and safety concerns. This iteration, AB 1371, makes a concession that requires drivers to slow down when approaching bicyclists if drivers cannot offer a 3-foot buffer space.
Also, the state Public Utilities Commission approved new rules that would govern peer-to-peer car sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, effectively legalizing such services. The vote is seen as a reflection of a change in economic models where customers select multi-owner transportation providers. On a more negative note, the Beverly Hills City Council voted to file an additional complaint against the Wilshire Subway in federal court. The new claim states that the environmental document for the project should have taken into account new seismic information released by the Beverly Hills Unified School District, which is vehemently opposed to building the subway underneath a high school.