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Updated 02-22-2013 2:00 pm

Upcoming Hearings

House Transportation Committee: State Capital Room 450 (NE Corner)

Senate Transportation Committee: Senate Building (East) Room 215

Directly Bicycle Related Bills

HB0294 No Passing Zones (Anderson)

Current Location: Senate Consent Agenda | Leg Tracking | Bill Text
Action:SUPPORT!, See here for drafting history and notes to the bill (pdf)

HB0297 Two Way Turn Lanes (Anderson)

Current Location: Senate Consent Agenda | Leg Tracking | Bill Text
Action:SUPPORT!, See here for drafting history and notes to the bill (pdf)

NEW!! - Graphical Handout on LANE USAGE from iAmTraffic Click Here (pdf 1.6mb)

HB0299 Bicycle and Bicycle Lane Amendments (Anderson)


Current Location: Senate Transportation Committee (Passed House 71-0) | Leg Tracking | Bill Text (2 Sub)
Action: SUPPORT!, See here for drafting history and notes to the bill (pdf)

HB0316 Unresponsive Lights and Use Restrictions (Anderson)
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Current Location: House Floor for Debate and Vote (Passed Cmte 7-2-2) | Leg Tracking | Bill Text
Action: SUPPORT!
- See here for drafting history and notes to the bill (pdf) Nationwide Research on Unresponsive Signal Laws: Click Here

SB0104 Vulnerable Users (Weiler)
Encourages motorists to be more aware of vulnerable road users, and take more responsibility for vulnerable user safety
Current Location: Senate Floor for Debate and Vote | Leg Tracking | Bill Text
Action: SUPPORT!

SB0201 Eminent Domain Amendments (Bramble)
Brings back into ED the ability to use for paths and trails in larger cities.

Current Location:
Senate Floor for Debate and Vote | Leg Tracking | See Tracking
Action:
SUPPORT!

Other Related Bills

HB0093 Traffic Violations Amendments
Provides that a traffic ticket can not be issued for an accident which involves an injury, but to report to the DA
Current Location: Senate Rules (House Passed 73-0-2) | Leg Tracking | See Tracking
Action: TRACKING

SB0050 Department of Transportation Liability Amendments
Provides that the Department of Transportation shall exercise reasonable care in designing, constructing, and maintaining a state highway in a reasonably safe condition for travel.
Current Location: Senate Floor for Debate and Vote (Passed out 3-0-2) | Leg Tracking | See Tracking
Action:SUPPORT!

SB0121 Traffic Regulations Regarding Buses
Requires that traffic passing a bus must yield to a parked bus once it has signaled to re-enter the lane
Current Location: Senate Transportation | Leg Tracking | See Tracking
Action: OPPOSE! - This will potentially place a passing cyclist in a very dangerous position in traffic having to suddenly stop after leaving the shoulder to pass the bus with approaching traffic behind them, it also adds un-predictiable movements for a class of vehicle merely for their convenience, not due to a defect in roadway engineering.

Access to State Highways (Powell)
Current Location: Drafting
Action: TRACKING

Amendments to Local Highway Authority Regulatory Powers (Harper)
Current Location: Drafting

Action: TRACKING

HB0103 Wireless Telephone Use Restrictions (Perry)
Prohibits use of cell phones by those under 18.

Current Location: House Rules | Leg Tracking | See Tracking
Action:SUPPORT!

HB0111Eminent Domain Amendments (Perry)
Mainly cleans up some language, does NOT provide anything which returns ED back to the prior rule to allow for trails.

Current Location: House Rules | Leg Tracking | See Tracking
Action: TRACKING
- Urge to put back in the ability to use for trails.

Passing on the Right (Christensen)
Current Location: Drafting

Action: TRACKING

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Results from 2012

The first 4 above bills were in one package in 2012
Killed in Committee | Leg Tracking | Bill Text | Audio 1 | Audio 2 | Audio 3

Bicycle Blog Visit our Urban-Rider Blog
Some stories about riding in canyons, sidewalks and questions cyclists field from motorists

Nationwide Comparisons Comparison of Motorcycle and Bicycle helmet laws by state. (pdf click here)
Comparison of bicycle passing laws by state. (click here)
Bicycle Motor Vehicle License Plates (Share the Road Plates) (pdf click here) (2008)

2006/2008 University of Utah Cell Phone Study Among other things, the study goes on the point out that it is the "act" of talking, especially to someone not in the vehicle (you have to visualize them, further drawing attention from your driving) which is the problem with driving and cell phones, not whether or not they are hands free.
Read the study here

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