Advocate for Vulnerable Road Users
It is all too often that we hear of cyclists being struck by motorists and being seriously injured or even killed. While bikes have the same legal rights as motorized vehicles to use our roads, in practice cyclists often find themselves in a dangerous environment as they ride for transportation, exercise, or enjoyment. A person on a bike is no match for tons of steel traveling at even low speeds.
The consequences for reckless drivers who put cyclists at risk are minimal, leading to an environment where drivers do not prioritize cyclist safety. This is why we at Bicycle Indiana advocate for a Vulnerable Road User law that protects cyclists and encourages motorists to take cyclist safety seriously.
In the 2022 Indiana legislative session, Senator J.D. Ford introduced SB173, a bill which sought to implement penalties for reckless drivers that kill or seriously injure cyclists, pedestrians, road workers, or other specified vulnerable individuals. These penalties included suspension of driving privileges, fines, or imprisonment, depending on the circumstances. While this bill did not receive a vote in the 2022 session, many representatives expressed their support for taking action and studying the issue and potential legislation during a Summer Study Committee, with the goal of reintroducing legislation in 2023.
Senators Mike Crider, JD Ford, and Greg Taylor and Representatives Carey Hamilton, Blake Johnson, Bob Behning, and John Young submitted a letter to the Legislative Council recognizing this issue and requesting a Summer Study Committee. See their letter here.
You can help by calling or emailing your Indiana State Senator and Representative and asking them to support Vulnerable Road User protections.
For Bicycle Indiana's VRU position, FAQ, and talking points, click here.
When contacting your representatives, let them know:
Your address - This lets them know that you live in their district
That you support protections for cyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users and penalties for reckless driving that kills or injures these individuals.
Share your personal story related to road safety
The most effective communications are always your own words. Let your representatives know why we need more protections as we bike, walk, and utilize our public roads.
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