Advocate for Vulnerable Road Users - Support SB 408!
It is all too often that cyclists are struck by motorists and seriously injured or even killed. While cyclists 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 when the two collide.
The real-life consequences for reckless drivers who put cyclists at risk are often 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.
SB 408, introduced by Senator Greg Walker in January 2023, aims to get dangerous drivers off the street. The bill would suspend or revoke the driver's license of any driver who kills or seriously injures a vulnerable road user. This includes cyclists, pedestrians, first responders, tow truck operators, road workers, and individuals operating farm equpment.
Help us move this bill forward by calling or emailing your Indiana State Senator and Representative and asking them to support Vulnerable Road User protections through this bill.
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. Ask them to support a statewideVulnerable Road User Law.
Share your personal story related to road safety
Optional: Ask them to go on a group ride with you!
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!
Find your elected representatives and their contact information?
One of the best ways for Hoosier cyclists to advocate for more trails and bike infrastructure and laws and policies that better protect cyclists and pedestrians is to share our stories with our elected officials. And if they're willing, take them on a bike ride to see local trails and bike lanes firsthand.
How to go about inviting your legislator out on a bike ride or for a chat with local cyclists? First, find your state representative and senator here, then send them an invitation to join you. We have a sample letter to get you started. Have questions about how to plan one in your community? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help. And be sure to send us photos and a recap of the event so we can share!
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