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Friday, February 12, 2010

New bike bills introduced

From The Associated Press:

BOISE -- An Idaho legislator wants to make roads safer for bicyclists.

Boise Democrat Sen. Elliot Werk presented four bills Thursday that would penalize rash bicyclists and drivers with a $75 fine.

The Senate Transportation Committee voted to introduce the bills and will likely hold full hearings on them.

The bills penalize drivers who harass bikers or who drive within three feet of a person on a bicycle. They also punish bicyclists who hold up cars behind them or who speed through crosswalks. One bill bans bikes without stopping brakes.

Werk, who often bikes to work himself, says the bills were prompted by three bicyclist deaths in Boise last year and another in Twin Falls.


  1. What're the numbers of these bills? Will this ban fixed gear bikes?

  2. I haven't seen any numbers for the bills, but I will update as I get more information. It technically wouldn't ban fixed gear bikes...if they have a brake.

  3. SB-1349 does not ban fixed gear bikes. The bill requires all bikes operating on Idaho roads to have a working brake.

    The bills are SB-1348, 1349, 1350, and 1351. The links are: