San Francisco – Communities across California will have an easier time making their local streets and roads safer for senior citizens under a bill signed into law Friday by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 707 by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) allows local governments to access funding from the Pedestrian Safety Account in the State Transportation Fund for placement of “SENIOR” pedestrian warning signs near senior centers and other areas primarily used by seniors.
“Inexplicably, state law made local governments find private sources of funding before senior pedestrian warning signs could be required near intersections frequented by seniors,” Ting said. “In the past, it was easier to place wildlife crossing signs than proper warnings to protect older Californians. My bill is a modest change to state law that will encourage more cities and counties to take advantage of their ability to limit speed to 25 mph near places where seniors are seeking medical, recreational and other services.”