The Senate and House passed House Bill 44 and after much negotiation (over three months) the right decision was made and the bike lane prohibition was REMOVED.
We have so many of you all to thank for this outcome, but especially House Conferee Leadership, for supporting our position on this bill. We had support from environmental groups; health advocacy organizations; many businesses like Performance Bicycle and New Belgium Brewing Company; local bicycle advocacy organizations; transportation and academic professionals; and so many more.
The original proposed legislation would have been a barrier to our state’s Complete Streets Policy and our newly-adopted Vision Zero Policy (a safety improvement goal – more on that later!). We do not need unnecessary regulations that are overly prescriptive and limit a community’s ability to balance safety, economic development and congestion relief. We should be encouraging more safe, walkable, bicycle-friendly communities.