Below are this year’s bills of interest to cyclists. We support all except one, the mandatory sidepath bill, which of course we oppose.
Some of these bills are identical, or nearly so. Any that move forward together are typically “conformed” into a single bill.
See our online spreadsheet for a detailed listing, with status and links to history of each bill.
Following (Bicycles) Too Closely
HB1342 and SB1220, by striking one instance of the word “motor,” would include non-motorized vehicles (bicycles) among the vehicles and other that a driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow too closely. We support these bills.
Crossing the Double Yellow Line to Pass Cyclists
SB781 would allow drivers to cross the double yellow line to pass vehicles traveling at 25 MPH or less. Most drivers already do this to pass postal jeeps, street sweepers, farm vehicles and lawnmowing equipment. Making this clearly legal would let drivers feel free to pass people on bikes with at least the 3′ minimum clearance now required by law, and eliminate the most common excuse for not doing so. We support this bill.
Highway Maintenance Payments — Road Diets
HB1402 would preserve maintenance funding based on lane-miles, when regular travel lanes are converted to bike lanes. Concern about loss of lane-mile funding keeps many municipalities from implementing road diets, creating bike lanes and improving safety for all road users. We support this bill.
SB882 would make it it illegal to open a traffic-side car door into the path of a cyclist, punishable by $100 fine. It would also make it easier for cyclists to be fairly compensated after being injured by carelessly opened car doors. We support this bill.
Mandatory Sidepaths & Roadway Prohibitions
HB1746 would require people on bikes to use any available sidepath or bike lane, and prohibit their riding in the roadway. Naturally we oppose this bill.
HB2353 would restrict mopeds to roads with speed limits of 45 MPH or less. Though not a bicycling bill per se, we oppose this bill.