• Decisive Win for Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act in Delaware House of Representatives

    by  • June 23, 2017 • Legal and Enforcement, Legislation and Policy, Safety, Traffic Control • 1 Comment

    With victory in the House, the fate of the Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act is now with the Delaware Senate:

    • With leadership from Representative Mitchell, the Delaware House of Representative has passed the Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act. (Click on slide to read Rep. Mitchell's Facebook post.)
    • The Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act is now in the Delaware Senate, where its passage will depend on leadership from Senator Sokola and Senator Hansen.
    • The Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act would accomplish five objectives.
    • 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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    One Response to Decisive Win for Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act in Delaware House of Representatives

    1. Corinth Ford
      June 24, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you for supporting the Bicycle Friendly Act. We live in a great State.

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