Pedestrian Safety

Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 247 - Levine - Infliction of injury on pedestrians and wheel chair users; penalties. (H) Committee on Transportation(H) Left in Transportation02/11/20
notes: Increases from a traffic infraction to a Class 2 misdemeanor the penalty for failure to obey traffic lights or stop for pedestrians when such failure results in the death or serious bodily injury of a pedestrian or wheel chair user.
HB 465 - Keam - Transportation companies, certain; local regulation. (H) Committee on Transportation

(S) Committee on Transportation
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0478)03/27/20
notes: Extends from January 1, 2020, to October 1, 2020, the prohibition on offering motorized skateboards or scooters, bicycles, or electric power-assisted bicycles for hire in any locality that has not enacted any licensing ordinance, regulation, or other action regulating such business. The bill clarifies that localities are authorized to create or amend such ordinances, regulations, or actions even after any such business is operating in the locality and exercise authority otherwise authorized by law. The bill contains an emergency clause.
HB 543 - Carr - Electric power-assisted bicycles; amends definition. (H) Committee on Transportation

(S) Committee on Transportation
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0059)03/02/20
notes: Amends the definition of "electric power-assisted bicycle" to include three classes of such bicycles, based upon the type of motor and the maximum miles per hour that the motor is capable of propelling the bicycle. The bill also provides that electric power-assisted bicycles and operators are afforded the same rights and privileges as bicycles and operators and limits local and state regulation of the operation of such electric power-assisted bicycles to certain bicycle paths, shared-use paths, and trails. The bill requires manufacturers and distributors of electric power-assisted bicycles to include (i) on each electric power-assisted bicycle, a label indicating certain technical specifications and (ii) on each class three electric power-assisted bicycle, a miles-per-hour speedometer. The bill requires persons operating or riding on a class three electric power-assisted bicycle to wear a helmet.
SB 437 - Surovell - Bicyclists and other vulnerable road users; penalty. (H) Committee on Transportation

(S) Committee on Transportation
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1259)04/22/20
notes: Provides that a person who operates a motor vehicle in a careless or distracted manner and is the proximate cause of serious physical injury to a vulnerable road user, defined in the bill as a pedestrian or a person operating a bicycle, electric wheel chair, electric bicycle, wheelchair, skateboard, skates, motorized skateboard or scooter, or animal-drawn vehicle or riding an animal, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also prohibits the driver of a motor vehicle from crossing into a bicycle lane to pass or attempt to pass another vehicle, except in certain circumstances.
SB 687 - Vogel - Bicycles; signage, effective clause. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) Left in Appropriations03/03/20
notes: Requires the Department of Transportation to erect and maintain signs in high pedestrian, Segway, bicycle, moped, animal, and animal-drawn vehicle traffic volume areas signs that say "Share the Road" and that note existing law requiring passing motor vehicles to pass at least three feet to the left of such vehicles. The bill prohibits the driver of a motor vehicle from using a bicycle lane to pass or attempt to pass another vehicle.
SB 871 - Marsden - Electric power-assisted bicycles; amends definition. (H) Committee on Transportation

(S) Committee on Transportation
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0260)03/10/20
notes: Amends the definition of "electric power-assisted bicycle" to include three classes of such bicycles, based upon the type of motor and the maximum miles per hour that the motor is capable of propelling the bicycle. The bill also provides that electric power-assisted bicycles and operators are afforded the same rights and privileges as bicycles and operators and limits local and state regulation of the operation of such electric power-assisted bicycles to certain bicycle paths, shared-use paths, and trails. The bill requires manufacturers and distributors of electric power-assisted bicycles to include (i) on each electric power-assisted bicycle, a label indicating certain technical specifications and (ii) on each class three electric power-assisted bicycle, a miles-per-hour speedometer. The bill requires persons operating or riding on a class three electric power-assisted bicycle to wear a helmet.