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Can I ride my bike on the sidewalk?

Posted by Paul Taylor on November 22, 2011

Yes and no. State laws make no distinction, but many cities and towns add restrictions, usually to protect pedestrians. I compared the laws of four area communities: Chicago, Elkhart, Mishawaka, and South Bend.

South Bend has the most straight forward ordinance: “No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within any business district.” Interestingly, it fails to define a ‘business district’. At least I couldn’t find a definition.

Chicago has the same ‘business district’ restriction as South Bend, but adds some complexity. Adults (and children 12 years and older) can’t ride on any sidewalk anywhere.  There are a few exceptions, and they will be so indicated with bicycle route signage.

Elkhart is pretty straight forward. Bikes are permitted on sidewalks except in a clearly defined area of downtown. See the above map. Interestingly, Elkhart just redefined the area: until last month, the restricted area was about three times the size of the current district. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two new bicycle safety bills in 2011 Indiana General Assembly

Posted by Paul Taylor on February 7, 2011

For the third consecutive legislative session, new bicycle laws are being considered. Both proposals would require youngsters up to 17 years of age wear a helmet. One proposal would add a requirement that motorists passing a bike allow at least three feet clearance. As of February 7, each bill has been assigned to committee, but neither has been heard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tribune publishes opinion of Bicycle Indiana in VIEWPOINT

Posted by Paul Taylor on November 12, 2010

Nancy Tibbett, Executive Diretor of the statwide bicycling advocacy group submitted the article, which was published earlier this month. She submitted the piece to several newspapers around the state, and the South Bend Tribune was one of the media where it was published. The article follows…

“In recent weeks, Indiana has experienced an unsettling spike in the reports of bicyclists and pedestrians struck by automobiles. Last week’s crash involving a team of cyclists in Bloomington was only the latest in a string of incidents resulting in everything from minor injuries to fatalities.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Bicycle friendly bills die in 2010 Indiana Legislature

Posted by Paul Taylor on March 13, 2010

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).

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SB0361 – New bicycle bill for 2010 is introduced

Posted by Paul Taylor on January 18, 2010

In 2009 a bill was introduced and passed both chambers of the legislature, but died in the reconciliation process.

A similar bill, SB0361 has been introduced by Sen. John Broden. This bill is nearly identical to the 2009 bill as passed by the House. The bill has most of the provisions requested by cyclists, but also contains some objectionable provisions. In all, most cyclists agree that it is a giant step forward, and can win enough votes to become law.

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Indiana Bicycle Safety Legislation for 2010

Posted by Paul Taylor on August 7, 2009

In 2009, we came very close to getting a bill pased. The legislative team has already started work on the 2010 campaign, and we expect Indiana to be a more bicycle friendly state come next year.

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Contact Your State Representative TODAY

Posted by Adam Bee on March 27, 2009

SB 553 will come to a vote on Monday, March 30.  This bill has many new updates to better regulate and protect modern cyclists, including:

  • 3-foot passing requirement
  • Use of either right or left arm for signaling
  • Ability to proceed through an intersection, when clear, if unable to trigger the traffic signal sensor

BUT, one provision has been added which is problematic.  The bill would restrict cyclists to ride single-file on all state and federal highways.

Why is that a bad idea?  Because it actually worsens safety and convenience for cyclists and drivers.

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South Bend Mayor Endorses SB553 ‘Bicycles and Traffic Safety’

Posted by Paul Taylor on March 10, 2009

Mayor Luecke has urged Indiana Legislators in Michiana to support the bill that is winding its way through the General Assembly. He has also urged lawmakers to reinstate the 3-foot passing rule, a provision of the original bill that was deleted in the final version by the Senate. Following is the text of Mayor Luecke’s letter: Read the rest of this entry »

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SB 553 ‘Bicycles and Traffic Safety” Advances in Indiana Legislature

Posted by Paul Taylor on February 17, 2009

The bill that modernizes the Indiana cycling law has been approved by a Senate committee and sent to the Senate floor. In my opinion, this is a great day for Hoosier cyclists.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Massachusetts passes new bike law

Posted by Adam Bee on January 30, 2009

Massachusetts has passed a new bike law, with a significant effort from MassBike.  As we continue with the effort to clean up and modernize Indiana’s antique codes, it can be helpful and inspiring to see what other states are getting done.  It took them eight years and four legislative sessions even in a left-leaning state, but they stuck with it!

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