MAJOR WIN! On behalf of the thousands of advocates who supported this culturally significant legislation, the low rider communities and car clubs from all over California, I would like to thank the Governor for signing AB 436 into law. This law will allow the historical legacies of cruising to continue for the current generation and many more. Governor Newsom agrees that “Cruising in Not a Crime” in California! Now let’s cruise!
Update on the Bill:
On April 28, the bill was passed by the Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support. We need to continue to build support to ensure it passes the Senate.
“It is an honor to introduce this bill to acknowledge classic cars and cruising which is an expression of art and a cultural identity for many of us. With a partnership between car clubs, local officials and law enforcement, safe cruising events with lowriders and classic cars can provide a fun and festive event for families in our communities.”
Assemblymember David Alvarez
DID YOU KNOW?
Bans in cities across the state unfairly targeted Latinos and Chicanos, where lowriding and cruising hold cultural significance. This move answered calls for equality as many argue it wrongfully targeting communities of color.
What are lowriders?
Lowriders are heavily modified classic cars featuring hydraulic suspension systems that allow them to bounce, lower, or lift each wheel individually under the driver’s command. This car culture started back in the ’40s by Mexican-Americans and was popularized in the ’60s and the ’70s. The purpose of lowriding is to cruise as slowly as possible, exhibiting customized vehicles. Thus, any association with street racers or gang members is irrelevant. Lowriders are just people who love customizing, driving, and showcasing their cars.
Additionally, the cities of San Jose and Sacramento have already lifted a ban.