Bike Bill DOA

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?

One Comment

  1. Dave Morse
    Posted February 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    In Kentucky, as in the rest of the United States, bicyclists are the drivers of vehicles. They behave all traffic laws just like other vehicles, except for a few specific exceptions (like signs that specifically exempt bicycles from using interstate expressways). This is the correct way to structure the law to allow bicyclists to get anywhere useful, and thus combat the obesity epidemic, work for energy independence, and so on.

    We don’t need or want a whole separate set of laws for bicycles. History shows, that when there are separate laws for bicycles, the bicyclists rights’ to travel are eroded at the cost of expedience for motorists.

    HB 88 is not really a bicycling bill at all, nor is it a hit-and-run bill. Its a reckless driving bill. When people run over other people because they were reckless, the idea is to make them pay an actual criminal penalty more severe than raised insurance premiums.