Saturday, May 9, 2009

this is bad news, call your reps and tell em to Pass the Safe Passing Law

delaware jumps in the ranking, PA sinks even further

The League of American Bicyclists have published their rankings of Bicycle Friendly States for 2009. The big news is that Delaware jumped from from 31st to 9th. The state recently held a State Bike Summit and a complete streets Executive Order from the Governor.

New Jersey stayed in the top 10 slipping to 10th from 9th and Pennsylvania dropped from 38th to 4oth.

What makes a Bicycle Friendly State? States are evaluated based on the questionnaire below.

PA Safe Passing Law Campaign State Representative Rob Miller (R-York) is planning to introduce a safe passing law in that would require motorists to pass cyclists within 4 feet and protect cyclists from motorists turning right into their path. This would be the second time that Rep. Miller has pursued these changes to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. The potential bill has twelve co-sponsors to date, but needs more. So far, Babette Josephs is the only Democrat and Philadelphia regional Representative who has pledged to co-sponsor. PA Bikes and Walks , a new online network of PA bicycle advocates, is asking all bicyclists to please call your Representative and ask that they co-sponsor Representative Miller's Safe Passage bill.

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