6E Policy

The CABO 6E Policy was adopted September 2013

Bicyclists should have the same right to fair and equitable treatment as other responsible road users. The basis for these rights is the expressed through the six Es (6E) approach that CABO supports:
• Equality/Equity – Legal: traffic law and legislation, including movement, access, equipment, uniformity. Equity in the treatment of all bicyclists in the application of these six Es.
• Engineering – Transportation: road and Bikeway development: design, construction, mobility, and funding sources
• Enforcement – Police and Courts: Equitable treatment of bicyclists through enforcement encounters, citations, penalties, punishment, and trials
• Education – Schools and public agencies and organizations: Bicycling education for the public, engineers, planners, law enforcement, and legislators
• Encouragement – Public and private agencies: advertising campaigns, promotions, incentives, etc.
• Evaluation – Public agencies: measurement of the effects of the other Es using relevant research methods and testing.

More completely explained:
• Equality – The equal legal status and equal treatment of bicyclists in traffic law. State traffic laws are best understood and followed when they are fair, equitable, uniform, and operator neutral to the greatest extent possible. Ability for people to access all public destinations by bicycle which are accessible by motor vehicle must be protected. State and local laws that discriminate against bicyclists, restrict their right to travel individually or in a group, or reduce their relative safety must be repealed.

• Engineering – Roadways and Bikeways must conform to relevant design standards and allow for safe, legal, and efficient traffic (which includes bicycling) movements. Design, construction, operation, and maintenance of roads and Bikeways must equitably serve all users. Trip endpoint and waypoint facilities, such as parking and signage, must serve bicyclists too.

• Enforcement – Bicyclists must be given equal treatment by police and the courts in the enforcement of traffic laws and in the investigation of crashes. Bicyclists must be viewed as fully equal to other parties in the determination of culpability in crashes, the economic value of injuries or death, and non-economic losses awarded to crash victims.

• Education – Bicycling training should be based on treating people bicycling as drivers of bicycles. This type of bicycling is based on the same sound, proven traffic principles governing all drivers and is the lawful, safest, and most efficient way for all cyclists to operate, by making them highly visible and their actions predictable to other road users. Training for those who design roadways and Bikeways, those who enforce traffic laws, and for those who provide training and education to people who would use bicycles should consider the full range of bicycling behaviors.

• Encouragement – Promotion of bicycling should include that it is a healthy, economic, and environmentally sound method of transportation and recreation. Encouragement may be done via promotional campaigns, incentives for those choosing cycling, and promotion of cycling as a healthy activity. The encouragement should be inclusive for all types, ages, abilities, etc. of people who would use bicycles.

• Evaluation – Evaluation of the other five Es (Equality, Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Encouragement). Evaluation must involve measurement, analysis, and research, using rigorous and statistically sound methodologies.