Assembly Bill 247

Here’s some information that’s been circulating that I should pass along to Nevada cyclists:

It’s time we modernize Nevada Revised Statutes so that traffic laws governing bicycling align with actual safety practice. Assembly Bill 247 takes this issue head on.

What the bill does:

1. Allows a cyclist to indicate a turn with a single hand signal or with his position in the turn lane instead of continuously signaling for 100 or 300 feet as is now required (have you ever tried to brake
and signal a turn at the same time and avoid crashing?)

2. Adds the option of signaling a right turn by extending the right arm for bicyclists. Only a left-handed right turn signal is currently legal in Nevada.

3. Voids dangerous laws that require use of side paths instead of nearby roads. Such laws unnecessarily force cyclists onto often poorly maintained stretches of pavement with poor visibility and other
hazards (be aware an amendment will be presented to clarify this component.)

If you’re a cyclist who supports the improvement of traffic laws to make cycling safer, please attend the bill’s hearing this Thursday, March 12th, 1:30 pm, in the Assembly Transportation Committee (http://www.leg.state.nv.us/75th2009/committees/a_committees/TRN.cfm), Room 3143 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City.

For more information about the bill and how you can support it, please contact Terry McAfee, President, Nevada Bicycle Coalition (tmcafee “at” gmail “dot” com). Terry was instrumental in crafting the concepts
for the bill and will be presenting the bill with me at the hearing.

More info: http://www.davidbobzien.com/weblog/2009/03/08/nevadas-bicycle-bill/

Pass it on!

David Bobzien
Assemblyman, Nevada District 24

dbobzien@asm.state.nv.us
david@davidbobzien.com
(775) 745-5027
www.davidbobzien.com

Legislative Attache Ashley Massey
amassey@lcb.state.nv.us
(775) 684-8559

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2 thoughts on “Assembly Bill 247

  1. Unfortunately I can not attend this meeting. I have to work to pay for my house that has lost all its value.
    Anyway, I quess around 80% of the time when I use the hand signal to turn right people have no idea what I”m doing. Has everyone else experienced this?
    And people aren’t to educated on the other hand signals either. I guess their too busy talking on their phones. I saw someone run the light at the freeway interchange on College Parkway last night while talking on their phone and almost cause one heck of an accident.

  2. Yes, it is hard for everyone to get involved in the process when it’s right in the middle of the work day. I’m not sure if I’ll make it over there with my schedule today.

    I haven’t had time to really dig into this bill. I’ll have to admit that the portion I posted didn’t really get me excited though. I didn’t even recognize these items as being problems. These written laws would definitely better follow what we’re already doing, but I haven’t heard of any law enforcement issues or errant behavior associated with the current laws. It seems to me that effort could have been put where we really need it. Safer bicycle routes and secure bicycle parking are much bigger issues to me. Ash trays are often built into the infrastructure before bicycle racks are!

    Many cyclists don’t know the hand signals, so I know even more drivers don’t know them either. If you don’t do a lot of urban riding, the proper hand signals may be buried deep in your memory. I often wonder if motorists know what I’m dong when signaling. They probably just think I’m waving to them.

    Still I think it’s important to share this information. These issues are obviously important to someone, and you do need to start somewhere. It’s also possible I just need someone to explain the big picture to me better too!

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