The state legislature has passed on HB 88, a bill that would’ve marked a solid first step in the state’s recognition of bicycling as its own mode of transport (and would’ve enacted a host of neat statutes pertaining to cyclists’/pedestrians’ rights, too). Under current law, the state lumps bikes into the much larger “motor vehicle” category, engendering much confusion concerning how transportation laws are to be interpreted as they pertain to citizens employing pedal power and thereby gumming up any future legislation whereby cycling and riding in your SUV can be treated as two entirely separate entities.
More disconcerting is that HB 88 would’ve strengthened applicable prosecution standards regarding hit and runs (something this city knows a thing or two about…). As it stands, our current system, which has proven itself more than capable of generating such fatalities, is largely the same as it ever was.
Alas, Bike Summit III, where for art thou?