From Bicycle Colorado: April 27, 2009- Both the Colorado House and Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 148 after accepting a change made by a Conference Committee. The Committee revised the bill's two abreast language to say that bicyclists may ride two abreast as long as they are not impeding the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. The bill now heads to the Governor's desk for his signature!
Senate Bill 148 creates safe and common sense rules for bicycles and motor vehicles on public roads. Below are the highlights, full text can be found on the Bicycle Colorado link in the previous paragraph.
The bill gives motorists more freedom to safely pass a bicyclist by allowing them to cross the centerline when safe to do so. By allowing three feet passing distance, it creates a safer environment on the road.
Clarifying language gives bicyclists the ability to ride as far right as is safe. Also on one-way roads with more than one lane, bicyclists may also ride as far left as is safe.
MORE THAN ONE RIDER
The bill clarifies that bicyclists may pass one another or ride side-by-side if they are not impeding the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.
Language in the bill makes throwing an object towards a bicyclist a class 2 misdemeanor and driving towards a bicyclist in a dangerous manner a careless driving offense.
This is great news for Colorado cyclists. It takes a good deal of bicycling advocacy to push these items along. Luckily, we have Bicycle Colorado and a state full of cyclists willing to call and write to state leaders.
In another state, Ohio, legal eagle Bob Minoske wrote about a confrontation between a law officer and a couple of cyclists. One of the cyclists ended up getting the taser treatment multiple times. I'll warn you it is a long read, but well worth it. (Thanks to Michael Bohler for sending this my way.)