• Mitchell and Sokola Sponsor Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act

    by  • June 6, 2017 • Cool People, Legal and Enforcement, Legislation and Policy, Safety, Traffic Control • 0 Comments

    • The Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act has been introduced by its prime Sponsors, Representative John Mitchell and Senator Dave Sokola, and is now pending before the Delaware General Assembly.
    • Representative John “Larry” Mitchell is a member of the Delaware House of Representatives representing the Elsmere area. Click on slide to read more.
    • Senator David Sokola is a lifelong cyclist who represents the Newark area in the Delaware Senate. Click on slide to read more.
    • There are five elements of the Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act.
    • Cyclists are mostly killed at intersections in collisions with cars and trucks. Bicycle traffic signals are an indispensable engineering tool to prevent these deadly crashes. The Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act would enable the Delaware Department of Transportation to deploy bicycle traffic signals in Delaware as a safety countermeasure.
    • Cyclists can easily be startled and swerve into traffic by vehicle horns designed to be loud enough to be heard inside other vehicles. The Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act would prohibit honking at cyclists when passing when no imminent danger of a collision exists. (Image credit: Bikeyface.)
    • It can be extremely dangerous for motorists to try to “squeeze” by cyclists in a travel lane that is too narrow. The Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act would require motorists to change lanes to pass cyclists (and farm equipment and animal-drawn vehicles too!) in this situation. (Image credit: IAmTraffic.org)
    • Delaware law about “where to ride” is so confusingly written that sometimes even police officers can’t understand it. The Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act would rewrite these confusing sections of state law so that everyone – cyclists, motorists and, especially, police – understands where cyclists can ride.
    • The Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act would permit cyclists to either stop completely or to slow down and yield to other traffic at stop sign-controlled intersections.

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    The Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act has bipartisan support in the Delaware General Assembly and we are cautiously optimistic about its passage. But politics is often surprising. If you would like us to keep you informed about the progress of this legislation and let you know if it needs your help, fill in the form below:

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    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

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