When was the last time your State Legislature affirmed the status of a bicycle as a vehicle?
HB1190 Title Before: "An Act to specifically exclude ridden animals and bicycles from the definition of vehicles."
HB1190 Title After: - "An Act to specifically exclude ridden animals and bicycles from violations of the DUI statues."
This bill is sponsored by 19 Representatives and 15 Senators. That’s 34 state legislators responding to concerns of their peers and their citizens by saying, "this is a DUI bill, don't worry. It won't affect bicycles rights to the road." Shhh, it's ok, go back to sleep.
For many motorists the very presence of a bicycle on a road is viewed as an act of defiance. Arguments about legal definitions aside, cyclists’ sole claim to be on the road is in the definition of bicycle as vehicle; whether that’s in the rhetoric of an argument with a motorist at an intersection or the rhetoric of a title of a House Bill in a state legislature. Note: in a legislature, we can win!
If I fought this battle alongside you, or if you fought it alongside me, I thank you.
Besides, it was a nice distraction from the Warmest. January. Ever.