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Thanks to Bike Fort Collins for sending us this, here is what they had to say
"Hello everyone -
This email is to ask for your support again. Colorado State Senator Greg Brophy ( R) and Dan Gibbs (D) are sponsoring Senate Bill 148. The Bicycle Safety Bill clarifies rules governing bicyclists riding 2 abreast, staying to the right-hand side of the roadway when possible, and using right-turn lanes. Specifies that a driver must allow at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist, and creates a limited exception to the prohibition on driving left of center to allow drivers to give bicyclists extra room. Prohibits harassment of bicyclists, with enhanced penalties for harassment when perpetrated by: driving a vehicle in a threatening manner, or throwing an object from a moving vehicle.
It just makes sense to me. But not to the Larimer County Sheriff’s department; they are lobbying against the bill. Unbelievable! I am asking that all of you support for Senate Bill 148. Our representatives may vote on this bill as soon as February 16 so I am asking you to contact your state representative now. Don’t wait, please do it now!
SB 148 creates safe and common sense rules for bicycles and motor vehicles on public roads. Here are the highlights (full text of SB 148 is attached).
The bill gives motorists more freedom to safely pass a bicyclist by allowing them to cross the centerline in a no-passing zone when safe to do so. By allowing three feet passing distance, it creates a safer environment on the road.
Clarifying language gives bicyclists the ability to ride as far right as they determine to be safe. Also on one-way roads with more than one lane, bicyclists may also ride as far left as they determine to be safe.
MORE THAN ONE RIDER
The bill clarifies that side-by-side bicyclists are not impeding the normal and reasonable movement of traffic if there is no conflicting traffic and if the lane is too narrow for a motor vehicle and bicyclist to travel safely side by side.
Language in the bill makes throwing an object towards a bicyclist a class 2 misdemeanor and driving towards a bicyclist in a dangerous manner a careless driving offense.
Sponsor: Greg Brophy (R)
Co-sponsor: Dan Gibbs (D)
House of Representatives
Sponsor: Michael Merrifield (D)
Co-sponsors: Terrance Carroll (D), Andy Kerr (D), Don Marostica (R), Frank McNulty (R)
Please contact your STATE representatives and urge them to support SB 148. We (you) flooded them with email messages for cell phone usage, we can do it again for this bill."