Bike Friendly Richardson

Plano Safe Passing Ordinance – Monday Night Vote – February 13th

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Friendly, City Stuff by dickdavid on February 10, 2012

Entering Plano - All America City 1994

Our friend Warren Casteel, with BikeDFW, sent us an email encouraging cyclist to come out and show their support at Monday night’s Plano City Council meeting. Apparently, they are voting on The – long awaited – Safe Passing Ordinance. There is hope that if we can pass this in Plano, perhaps we can pass it here in Richardson as well.

This ordinance stipulates distances motor vehicles must allow cyclists, outlaws throwing or objects or substances at cyclists, and provides legal remedy if a cyclist is hit by a motor vehicle in some situations. The ordinance can be viewed here (pdf).

Plano City Hall is about a block from the DART Station. Map.

We hope to make it out there and we hope to see you there too.

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  1. bergerandfries said, on February 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    DORBA will be there in force too, I hope. I will be there for sure at 6:45pm. I would recommend not coming any later than that because it should be over by around 7pm if all goes well.

    I am going to work this in Allen, depending on the outcome in Plano.

  2. […] Plano Safe Passing Ordinance – Monday Night Vote – February 13th by dickdavid        Bike Friendly Richardson Our friend Warren Casteel, with BikeDFW, sent us an email encouraging cyclist to come out and show their support at Monday night’s Plano City Council meeting. Apparently, they are voting on The – long awaited – Safe Passing Ordinance. There is hope that if we can pass this in Plano, perhaps we can pass it here in Richardson… […]

  3. bergerandfries said, on February 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    “ARTICLE XI. VULNERABLE ROAD USERS
    Section 14-127. Definitions. The following words and phrases as used in this section shall have the meanings as set forth in this subsection.
    “Vulnerable Road User” shall mean a person operating a bicycle, hand cycle, unicycle, motor-driven cycle, or other human powered wheeled vehicle on a street or highway.
    “Safe Distance” shall mean three (3) feet if the operator’s vehicle is a passenger car, or six (6) feet if the operator’s vehicle is a truck or a commercial motor vehicle.

    Section 14-128. Passing a vulnerable road user.
    (a) An operator of a motor vehicle passing a vulnerable road user on a highway or street shall:
    (1) vacate the lane in which the vulnerable road user is located if the highway or street has two or more marked lanes running in the same direction; or
    (2) pass the vulnerable road user at a safe distance.
    (b) An operator of a motor vehicle may not overtake and execute a right-hand turn in front of a vulnerable road user unless the operator is safely clear of the vulnerable road user, taking into account the speed at which the vulnerable road user is traveling and the braking requirements of the motor vehicle.
    (c) An operator or passenger of a motor vehicle may not knowingly throw or project any object or substance at or against a vulnerable road user.

    Section 14-129. Penalty.
    Any person, firm or corporation found to be violating any term or provision of this article shall be subject to a fine in accordance with Section 1-4(b) of the City Code of Ordinances for each offense.”
    Section II. All provisions of the ordinances of the City of Plano in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed, and all other provisions of the Ordinances of the City of Plano, not in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance, shall remain in full force and effect.
    Section III. The repeal of any ordinance or part of ordinances effectuated by the enactment of this Ordinance shall not be construed as abandoning any action now pending under or by virtue of such ordinance or as discontinuing, abating, modifying or altering any penalty accruing or to accrue, or as affecting any rights of the municipality under any section or provisions of any ordinance at the time of passage of this Ordinance.
    Section IV. It is the intention of the City Council that this Ordinance, and every provision thereof, shall be considered severable and the invalidity or partial invalidity of any section, clause or provision of this Ordinance shall not affect the validity of any other portion of this Ordinance.
    Section V. This Ordinance shall become effective immediately upon its passage and publication as required by law.

    SO WHAT you say?

    Education of motorists. I’m sure this will get lots of press, so it’s main goal is a reminder of how motorists are expected to interact with bicyclists.

    Also,

    This law allows for Prima Facie (on the face of it) evidence. If you make physical contact when over taking, or over taking right hook, then you have violated this law. That’s all it takes to prove it in a court of law and it’s easier for officers to evaluate TWO facts and a DA two facts to prove in court. The harassment by means of throwing something at a cyclist is only one fact to evaluate and prove. The problem with police and DAs with the laws on the books now is that too many things have to be evaluated or proven, so they just give up. We will see how it plays out in Plano over time. Riding daily in Plano into Richardson, I’m excited about it and what it will mean for my environment.

    • dickdavid said, on February 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Looks like this got passed tonight.

      This is great info. Would you mind sharing it or allowing me to share it as a blog post?


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