HB1666 the Vulnerable Users bill is scheduled for hearing in the Transportation Committee 2/1 at 9am in Rm 309. Please notify your members and generate as much testimony as possible. There is administrative opposition to this Bill. HPD says it is unenforceable. DOT says it will allow bicycles to use a full lane and jam up traffic. We have a lot of education to do. Both in Government and to the driving public. Education is an ongoing effort and you folks do a good job.
The point is bicyclists and people in motorized wheel chairs have the same rights as cars to use the road. Drivers who pass to close to vulnerable users risk fatal “accidents”. Personally, I think this legislation is enforceable if the police use dashboard cameras to document violations. If this legislation only provides an opportunity to bring the problem of close passes to more drivers, it will be worthwhile.
Vulnerable Users Laws have been passed in Washington, Oregon and Texas.
Vulnerable User Laws are being discussed and promoted in many states across the country
We need to generate testimony to the transportation committee, write letters to the editor in support of this legislation to help educate the public and generate support. share this information with you friends and post it to your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Use this legislation to spread the word, “Share the road with bicyclists.”
Go here to track the bill and to submit testimony. http://capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1666 Of course, personal testimony is best when people have time to sit through the hearings. Personal contact with your legislators is even better. When you want to contact legislators personally be sure to set up an appointment. Dropping in to their offices usually lets you speak to staff and that may be more important than actually talking to your legislator.
This bill is high priority for Representative Wooley. Your support is greatly appreciated.