Transportation: Regulation of Bicycles Approaching Intersections

Transportation Regulation of Bicycles Approaching Intersections SB 18-144 Support Signed by governor Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood; Rep. Yeulin Willett, R-Delta Morgan Cullen mcullen@cml.org The bill permits a municipality to adopt a local ordinance regulating the operation of bicycles approaching intersections with stop lights or stop signs. Specifically, the bill allows municipalities to allow bikers to pass through an intersection without stopping at a reduced rate of speed if it is safe to do so. This bill has been introduced in prior sessions as a mandate, and CML opposed the legislation. SB 18-144 instead provides a local option. The bill sponsors also worked with CML to address some troubling language in the bill's legislative declaration, which the House sponsor may just remove altogether. On the recommendation of the CML Policy Committee on February 16, CML is now supporting the legislation.