The first eight members of the bicycle safety law study working group have been selected by NCDOT and they plan to meet at 10 am on August 7th in Garner, NC. The group then elects a chair and up to three additional members. Refer to the bike/ped home page for the H 232 committee meeting notice with details about the meeting location and a link to the House Bill 232.
Please note the room only holds 40 people. BikeWalk NC plans to attend all meetings and we will let you know what is being discussed. Refer to other blogs on our website for our recommendations to this working group and our supporting best bicycling practices document. We welcome comments on these documents and/or other suggestions.
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Lawmakers with no experience in cycling should not dictate rules. Some of the most intelligent people I know are cycling enthusiasts and deserve to help write the rules.
Anti-bicyclist laws (such as far-to-the-right, mandatory shoulder use, and mandatory bikeway use) adopted by other states were developed by motoring organizations with no consultation with bicyclist organizations, and were passed by legislators with no attempt at obtaining input from bicyclist stakeholders. Motoring interests pursued a motorist-convenience agenda framed as bicyclist safety, with no scientific support whatsoever. They cultured a social taboo against bicycling on roadways, a form of control mythology, for motorist convenience. Those cyclists who seek to promote an evidence-based approach to bicyclist safety and equal access to destinations must overcome not only their minority status, but an emotionally powerful social taboo that inhibits both bicyclists and motorists from thinking objectively about road cycling. We have an uphill battle to defend our road rights.