Summer has returned and bicyclists are back out on the road! Before heading out onto the road, take a few minutes and review basic bike safety rules.
In May of 2009, Governor Ritter signed into law CO Senate Bill 09-148, otherwise known as the "Bicycle Safety Bill." SB-148 created safe and common sense rules for bicycles and motor vehicles on public roads. The full document can be read by clicking here
. Below we've listed some of the highlights.
- The bill requires that motorists have three feet of clearance on the right side to pass.
- Allows motorists to cross the centerline when safe to do so in order to pass a bicyclist.
- The bill clarifies language requiring bicyclists to ride as far to the right as possible.
MORE THAN ONE RIDER:
- The bill clarifies that bicyclists may pass one another or ride side-by-side if they are not impeding the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.
- Makes it a 2nd degree misdemeanor to throw an object towards a bicyclists from a car.
- States that driving towards a bicyclist in a dangerous manner is a careless driving offense.
So what does this all mean? It means that it is your responsibility whether driving a car or riding your bike to share the road. Remember, a Shared Road is a Safe Road.