H5074 – The Three Foot Rule
We had a really lively discussion at tonight’s advocacy meeting about the Three Foot Rule slated to be considered by the RI General Assembly sometime soon. During the meeting, it was suggested that we try to organize a meeting with Lori DiBiasio, the driving force behind this legislation, and have a meeting of cyclists to discuss the bills merits. I’ve invited Lori to attend our next advocacy meeting on March 5th. Hopefully, she can make it and so can you! It would be great to continue this conversation.
In the mean time, I’d like everyone to start giving this law some serious thought. The opinions expressed this evening ranged from “It’s about time, this law will help cyclists gain some legitimacy on the roads” to “This law is totally unnessary. Cyclist already have a legal right to be on the roads and introducing a law like this may actually backfire on us. Motorists may well concede this law, but in return, might start demanding that cyclists get a license, wear a helmet, use a mirror, where bright refelctive clothing at all times, etc.” Cyclists should have a say when this comes up in front of the RI Judiciary Committee and, to keep from looking like a bunch of nutcases, we need to clearly and logically form an argument pro/con the law.
So what is your take?