Oklahoma Legislative Update

[caption id="" align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“Photo By: George Thomas”][/caption] With the end of the legislative session, we now can report on the final disposition of the four major cycling bills that were being considered this year: SB443: Requires bicycle safety questions on the driver’s license exam. Passed and signed by the governor. HB2049: Designates Route 66 as the Historic Route 66 Bike Trail. Originally, the bill only partly covered Route 66, but in the end it was expanded to cover the entire length. [Read More]

Legislative Update

Photo By: Mr. T in DC Over the last couple of months four new bills regarding bicycling have been introduced to the Oklahoma Legislature and are making their way through the committee and floor processes. The first three are part of the safety legislation that Sen. Andrew Rice has been discussing for the last several months and the last designates old Route 66 as a bicycle trail. SB 443: Requires that all people seeking a drivers license demonstrate knowledge of the traffic laws of the state including bicycle and motorcycle safety. [Read More]

Bicycle Groups Respond to Sen. Rice Legislation Proposal

After this week’s announcement by State Senator Andrew Rice of new bicycle legislation comes this in depth story about the reaction of state bicycle groups in the Norman Transcript: Bicycling groups across the state said they support a new legislative package designed to protect riders and motorists. However, many cyclists are calling for the state to do more to educate residents and enforce existing laws and practices. . . . [Read More]

State Senator Proposes New Bicycle Safety Legislation

State Senator Andrew Rice released the following statement regarding new bicycle safety legislature today: Sen. Andrew Rice announced today that he will be filing legislation for the upcoming session to help better protect bicyclists in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma democrat said the legislation is necessary following the recent deaths of three Oklahomans in bicycle-related accidents. “Our job as legislators is to ensure the public’s safety, and we need to do what we can to keep everyone on Oklahoma’s roads safe, and that includes bicyclists,” said Rice, Senate Democratic Leader elect. [Read More]