Monday, February 16, 2009

People like AZ's bipartisan Bikes Safe Yield Act

Arizona has long been a popular place to ride bikes, as these ladies from Mesa show in 1898.

UPDATE, 2/27: HB2479 gets hearing Wed. Mar 4.

PHOENIX -- Arizona public safety and quality of life advocates are cheering Rep. Doug Quelland's (R-Phoenix) introduction of a fair, common sense bill that would require cyclists to safely yield at stop signs.

Idaho has had such a law for a long time, and bike safety there is better than most of the rest of the nation.

I am proud to be working with Q and other lawmakers from Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott, Yuma and across Arizona to help try to pass this needed bill, HB2479.

The Bikes Safe Yield Act will help cyclists safely ride more efficiently, and improve conditions for riding on smaller streets, meaning many cyclists would ride less on busy roads, therefore reducing conflicts with motorists.

The benefits to society from more people riding bikes more often are clear and significant: better health, cleaner air and less traffic.

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