Vulnerable Road Users Bill Has First Hearing

On Tuesday, the Joint Transportation Committee held a public hearing on MassBike’s Vulnerable Road Users Bill.¬†Executive Director David Watson had the opportunity to deliver testimony to the committee, where he described the need to have better laws protecting bicyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable users of the road. You can read David’s written testimony here. The committee does not make a decision about the bill on the spot, but expressed interest in learning more about it.

A big thanks to those who came to the hearing and signed in to testify, even though, as feared, the bill was called very late in the day. Even if you couldn’t wait the whole time, by simply signing in, in support of the bill, and submitting your written comments, you sent a strong message to the committee that this bill provides much-needed protection for bicyclists and pedestrians.

It is not too late to submit written testimony. If you or someone close to you has been injured by a motorist while bicycling in Massachusetts, and the motorist was not held accountable, please consider sending an email or letter as explained in our Action Alert.

Now, MassBike will follow up with the Joint Transportation Committee to report the bill favorably and move on to the next step toward making it a law.

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3 Responses to Vulnerable Road Users Bill Has First Hearing

  1. Ryan Reasons December 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Is there any more information available about MassBike’s efforts to pass this legislation?


  2. Price December 2, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Ryan, good question. The bill has had its first hearing, and is currently being marked up in committee. We are continuing to work with other advocates and our legislators to move the bill forward. We’ll be sure to publish an article once another hearing is scheduled.


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