Advocate for Vulnerable Road Users - Support SB173!
It is all too often that we hear of cyclists being struck by motorists. 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.
Indiana State Senator J.D. Ford has introduced SB173, a bill which, if passed, would implement penalties for reckless drivers that kill or seriously injure cyclists, pedestrians, road workers, or other specified vulnerable individuals. These penalties include suspension of driving privileges, fines, or imprisonment, depending on the circumstances.
You can help pass this much-needed legislation by calling or emailing your Indiana State Senator and Representative and asking them to support SB173.
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 SB173
Share your personal story related to road safety
We have created a sample letter below, which you can customize and send to your elected representatives at the Indiana State House, so that we can all make our voices heard in the call to increase cyclist safety and protection. 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.
Contact Your Indiana State Representatives!
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