Please support the following bills.
The SB 36, put forth by Sr Boots is for enforcing vehicles to stay 3’ away when passing bicyclists. Here’s the information about the 3 foot law:
Currently, 20 states have implemented the 3 Foot Law. These states are: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.
§ The purpose of the 3 Foot Law is to enumerate the distance required to safely pass a bicyclist and to detail the potential penalties for infraction. The penalty for violating the 3 Foot Law is a civil penalty typically entailing a monetary fine. The severity of the monetary penalty varies by state.
§ The scope of the 3 Foot Law has been expanded in some states. Modifications and additions to the law include: further regulation of the speed of motorists, inclusion of other classes of road
The chief benefits of implementing the 3 Foot Law are an increased level of safety for bicyclists and increased awareness that bicyclists are legitimate road users. The impetus for the implementation of the 3 Foot Law in many states is the fatality of a bicyclist caused by a collision with a passing motorist. Setting the concrete standard of three feet establishes a bicyclist’s right to space and potentially improves their interactions with motorists
Advocates and officials repeatedly stress that the 3 Foot Law is used more as an educational tool to provide safe practices than as a means to punish negligent motorists.
Advocates of the 3 Foot Law find it to be a valuable tool for increasing bicycle safety and educating drivers on sharing the road. One advocate noted that being hit by a motorist from behind is far from the top cause of bicycle accidents, yet it is one of the top fears of non-cyclists. Therefore, one of the primary benefits of the 3 Foot Law is to make non-cyclists feel more comfortable getting on a bike. This in itself yields safety benefits, as the best way to decrease risk is to increase the number of people bicycling. Greater numbers of cyclists makes motorists more likely to expect their presence and become accustomed to sharing the road.
RECREATIONAL TRAIL MAINTENANCE FUND
An advantage of HB1220 is that trail advocacy groups could encourage trail supporters to make big item purchases on National Trails Day to increase state sales tax collections and thereby increase the amount of funding for the maintenance of trails. Our understanding is that if HB1220 becomes law, it would be in effect every year unless repealed/revised by the state legislature.
APPROPRIATION FOR RECREATIONAL TRAIL MAINTENANCE
HB1191 would set aside $2 million over a two-year period, or $1 million per year.
If HB1191 becomes law, it would have be re-appropriated every two years by the Legislature.