Bicycle friendly bills die in 2010 Indiana Legislature

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Bicycle friendly bills die in 2010 Indiana Legislature

Two bills were introduced this year: SB361 Bicycles and Traffic Safety, and HB1182 Complete Streets. Both died.

The Bicycles and Traffic Safety bill was almost identical to a bill that nearly passed in 2009, but it failed to gain traction this year.

The Complete Streets bill would have benefited pedestrians as much, perhaps more, than cyclist. It would have given Indiana a legal description of a ‘Complete Street’: a street or roadway designed for all users (not just motor vehicles).

 

Bicycles and Traffic Safety:  It was authored again by Sen. Broden (10-South Bend), but never got a sponsor in the House. It was assigned to the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters, but never got a hearing.   

Complete details are at http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2010&session=1&request=getBill&docno=361.

Complete Streets: was authored by Rep. Dembowski (017-LaPort), and coauthored by Rep. Dvorak (008-South Bend), Representatives Barnes (089-Beech Grove) and Soliday (004-Valparaiso) were added as coauthors.  It was assigned to the Committee on Roads and Transportation: it passed the House by a 134 to 91 vote. 

Then in the Senate, it was sponsored by Senators Merritt (31-Lawrence) and Arnold (08-LaPort); it was subsequently assigned to the Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation & Veterans Affairs, but never got a hearing. 

Complete details are at http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2010&request=getBill&docno=1182

By | 2010-03-13T16:37:03+00:00 March 13th, 2010|Categories: Advocacy, News|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments