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CYCLIST PROTECTION LAW RESURRECTED

Publicola: CYCLIST PROTECTION LAW RESURRECTED

Posted by Erica C. Barnett on March 4, 2010 at 1:41 PM

The vulnerable roadway users bill, which would have imposed extra penalties on drivers who kill or seriously injure vulnerable roadway users, such as cyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair users, with a car, has been resurrected as an amendment to an unrelated bill that would require traffic safety schools to teach drivers how to interact safely with cyclists and pedestrians.

David Hiller, advocacy director for the Cascade Bicycle Club, says the amendment keeps the vulnerable users bill “largely intact.” However, he notes that the cutoff for getting the bill out of the Senate is 5:00 tomorrow evening. “It’s still alive, but time tends to run out fast this late in the session,” says Hiller, who gives the bill 60-40 odds of making it through the senate.