|Posted:||March 25, 2015 11:52 AM|
|From:||Representative Stephen Bloom|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Motorcycle “Ride on Red” Bill|
| I plan to introduce legislation which would amend Title 75 (Vehicles) in order to create a solution for a common issue faced by motorcycle and pedalcycle riders.
Traffic control signals that utilize a vehicle detection system are not always able to detect motorcycles and pedacycles due to their smaller size. As a result, drivers of these cycles can be stuck at a standstill until a larger vehicle is detected and changes the traffic signal accordingly. This has forced some riders to unlawfully proceed through the intersection, even if they have proceeded with caution.
My proposal would allow the driver of a motorcycle or pedalcycle to proceed through the intersection, only after exercising due care as provided by law. If the vehicle detection system fails to recognize the vehicle and the rider has come to a full and complete stop, the rider must then make sure it is safe to continue, and only then would they be able to proceed with caution through the intersection. I have worked closely with the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) on this legislation and they are in full support.
Please join me in cosponsoring this piece of legislation.
Introduced as HB950