Critique of bill to change traffic laws for cyclists
House Bill 1451, the "Bicycle Protection Act," was designed to change North Carolina's traffic laws for cyclists, but died in committee this spring. The bill would have made bicycle lane use mandatory and eliminated the right to take the lane. Its sponsor intends to re-submit a similar bill this fall. The sponsor is not anti-cycling but allowed a lot of bad laws from other states to serve as "models" for the proposed changes. I have been asked by local cycling advocates to write up our concerns and recommendations regarding the bill so that hopefully a better one will result.
A draft of my write-up may be seen here:
Comments are welcome.