Boise City Council OKs new rules to protect cyclists
Among the changes, motorists must allow 3 feet when passing riders.
BY BETHANN STEWART - firstname.lastname@example.org
A controversial "whenever possible" clause was removed Tuesday from a proposed 3-feet-to-pass ordinance.
"The safety of the cyclist is more important than the convenience of the vehicle," said Council Pro Tem Alan Shealy, who made the motion to removed the clause. "Until we gain the collective wisdom that we must share the road ... there should be a 3-foot buffer in all instances."
Testimony at the public hearing Tuesday favored removal of the clause.
"It makes it clearer and doesn’t leave it open to interpretation," said Jeff Larsen, a recreational cyclist.
At least two people testified that bicycles should be held to the same standards as vehicles and not use sidewalks or crosswalks.
But Lon Stewart, a recreational cyclist and bicycle commuter, said the ordinances would help make the streets safer.
"I’m glad they acted so quickly," he said.
The three new ordinances include other changes to city code:
The ordinances were recommended by the 10-member Boise Cycling Safety Task Force formed by Mayor Dave Bieter after the deaths of three cyclists last summer.