Saturday, February 18, 2017

NJ Assembly passes bill to increase ped & bike safety

In January 2017, the New Jersey Assembly overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill (A-4165) that is to improve driver education to make our roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Correct ways to share the road with cyclists and pedestrians will be required in driving courses, and the New Jersey Driver Manual will be updated. The NJ Motor Vehicle Commission would also include bicycle and pedestrian safety questions as part of the written examination required to obtain a permit and basic driver's license.

The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, which supported the bill, points out that even as bicycle ridership is rising in New Jersey, it remains one of the states where cyclists account for a higher portion of traffic fatalities than is the case nationwide.

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