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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Idaho bike safety bills unlikely to make it out of session

The Associated Press

BOISE - It appears that Idaho Senate bills aimed at protecting bicyclists in the wake of several fatal accidents are unlikely to make it out of the 2010 session.

Boise Democrat Sen. Elliot Werk says two of his measures - one requiring cars to give cyclists three feet when passing, the other to punish people who harass cyclists - will die without a Senate vote. The trucking industry raised objections to the three-foot rule, in particular on northern Idaho's winding roads that see logging traffic.

So far, only one of Werk's bicycle-related measures has cleared the Senate. That measure would require brakes on all bikes. It passed 20-14 two weeks ago, but it's being held by House Speaker Lawerence Denney and won't get a hearing in his chamber.

There were seven fatal bicycle accidents in Idaho in 2009. (AP)

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