Monday, May 18

Bicycle Bill

This is my favorite part of the new Colorado Bicycle Bill:

IF THE RIGHT-HAND LANE THEN AVAILABLE FOR TRAFFIC IS WIDE ENOUGH TO BE SAFELY SHARED WITH OVERTAKING VEHICLES, A BICYCLIST SHALL RIDE FAR ENOUGH TO THE RIGHT AS JUDGED SAFE BY THE BICYCLIST [emphasis added]
TO FACILITATE THE MOVEMENT OF SUCH OVERTAKING VEHICLES UNLESS OTHER CONDITIONS MAKE IT UNSAFE TO DO SO.

"As judged safe by the bicyclist"

The motor vehicle drivers don't get to decide what is safe for cyclists, that is left up to the cyclists' judgment as it should be.

This is a pretty nice inclusion as well:

(III) UPON APPROACHING AN INTERSECTION WHERE RIGHT TURNS ARE PERMITTED AND THERE IS A DEDICATED RIGHT-TURN LANE, A BICYCLIST MAY RIDE ON THE LEFT-HAND PORTION OF THE DEDICATED RIGHT-TURN LANE EVEN IF THE BICYCLIST DOES NOT INTEND TO TURN RIGHT.

(b) A BICYCLIST SHALL NOT BE EXPECTED OR REQUIRED TO:

(I) RIDE OVER OR THROUGH HAZARDS AT THE EDGE OF A ROADWAY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FIXED OR MOVING OBJECTS, PARKED OR MOVING VEHICLES, BICYCLES, PEDESTRIANS, ANIMALS, SURFACE HAZARDS, OR NARROW LANES; OR

(II) RIDE WITHOUT A REASONABLE SAFETY MARGIN ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE ROADWAY.

And of course this is really nice:

SECTION 7. 18-9-116, Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended to
read:

18-9-116. Throwing missiles at vehicles - harassment of bicyclists.

(1) Any person who knowingly projects any missile at or against any vehicle or equipment designed for the transportation of persons or property, OTHER THAN A BICYCLE, commits a class 1 petty offense.

(2) ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY PROJECTS ANY MISSILE AT OR AGAINST A BICYCLIST COMMITS A CLASS 2 MISDEMEANOR. [emphasis added]

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