New Bike Laws Effective July 1
For Immediate Release
July 1, 2015 (Hartford, CT) -- Important changes to Connecticut's laws for cyclists take effect July 1, 2015. The Bicycle Safety bill, Senate Bill 502 and now Public Act 15-41, was passed in May with broad bipartisan support. The Governor signed the bill into law on June 1.
The new law eliminates the confusing--and often unsafe--rule requiring cyclists to ride as far to the right as practicable.
Instead, the law now requires cyclists to ride as close to the right side of the road as is safe, as judged by the cyclist. Bike Walk Connecticut specifically advocated for that language, which is modeled on a best practice from Colorado as identified by the League of American Bicyclists.
As of July 1, cyclists don't have to ride as close to the right side of the road when:
The new law also allows two-way bicycle lanes, buffered bike lanes, and cycle tracks to be designed in Connecticut and allows drivers to cross the double yellow line to pass slower-moving cyclists and other road users when it's safe to do so.
Watch for more information from Bike Walk CT this summer about Sharing the Road.
For more information, contact Bike Walk CT Exec. Dir. Kelly Kennedy at 860.578.5925.
Donna S Swarr
7/2/2015 01:35:39 am
Would you give the rights to republish in a local newspaper?
7/17/2015 08:06:41 pm
Good changes in the laws. Bu how are drivers going to know about this?
7/2/2015 02:18:14 am
Publish away! Please spread the word and include Bike Walk Connecticut's name and url: www.bikewalkct.org.
This is a great change, thanks for your efforts and successfully advocating for pedestrian safety!
7/2/2015 12:11:02 pm
A step in the right direction. Hopefully, not too many collisions in lag time for drivers to know and understand the new rules.
7/3/2015 09:28:26 pm
New bike laws should automatically have a motor vehicle law counterpart - this is the only way to assure that drivers are made equally aware of the laws of the road.
7/5/2015 03:56:32 am
Where I live we don't have any bike lanes even on the State owned roads. I would like to see the Town and State add Bike lanes to the road. It's very unsafe! (Cromwell).
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