If HB 827 becomes law, and you are riding more than 3' from the road edge you are in violation of the law; and if you are hit while in violation of the law, the perpetrator of the hit is exonerated.
Bicycle riders will no longer be able to legally pass another vehicle moving in the same direction, move to the left of the lane to make a left turn, avoid a fixed or moving object or road condition, or ride two abreast.
Legislative Session: 81(R)
Bill: HB 827 by Linda Harper-Brown (former SB 488 by Ellis)
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT
relating to the operation of a motor vehicle in the vicinity of a vulnerable road user; providing penalties.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter I, Chapter 545, Transportation Code,
is amended by adding Section 545.428
(b) A vulnerable road user, as defined by Subsection (a)(4),
may not operate more than three feet from the right edge line of
pavement on a highway or street.
(k) The presumption provided by Subsection (d) does not
arise and may not be applied against the operator of the motor
vehicle if at the time of the offense the vulnerable road user was
acting in violation of the law.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.