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SENATE BILL NO. 1131 – Bicycle riders, stop lights


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S1131.....................................................by TRANSPORTATION
BICYCLES - Amends existing law relating to pedestrians and bicycles to
provide stopping requirements at a steady red traffic-control light for
persons operating a bicycle or a human-powered vehicle.
02/14    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/15    Rpt prt - to Transp
03/02    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/03    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/07    3rd rdg - PASSED - 29-3-3
      AYES -- Andreason, Brandt, Broadsword, Bunderson, Burkett,
      Burtenshaw, Coiner, Compton, Corder, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde, Hill,
      Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Little, Lodge, Malepeai, Marley,
      McGee, McKenzie, Richardson, Schroeder, Stegner, Stennett, Sweet,
      NAYS -- Cameron, Darrington, Davis
      Absent and excused -- Noble, Pearce, Williams
    Floor Sponsor - Broadsword
    Title apvd - to House
03/08    House intro - 1st rdg - to Transp
03/15    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/16    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/17    3rd rdg - PASSED - 47-17-6
      AYES -- Andrus, Barraclough, Bedke, Bell, Bilbao, Black, Block, Boe,
      Bolz, Bradford, Cannon, Chadderdon, Collins, Crow, Deal, Denney,
      Edmunson, Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23), Garrett, Harwood, Henbest,
      Henderson, Jones, LeFavour, Loertscher, Mathews, Miller, Nielsen,
      Pasley-Stuart, Pence, Ring, Ringo, Rusche, Rydalch, Sali, Sayler,
      Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Shirley, Skippen, Smylie, Snodgrass,
      Stevenson, Trail, Wills
      NAYS -- Anderson, Bastian, Bayer, Clark, Ellsworth, Hart, Jaquet,
      Kemp, Lake, Martinez, McGeachin, McKague, Mitchell, Moyle, Nonini,
      Roberts, Shepherd(8)
      Absent and excused -- Barrett, Raybould, Smith(30), Smith(24), Wood,
      Mr. Speaker
    Floor Sponsor - Wills
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/18    To enrol
03/21    Rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/22    Sp signed
03/23    To Governor
03/29    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 205
         Effective: 07/01/05

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2005
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                    SENATE BILL NO. 1131
                                BY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
  1                                        AN ACT
  5    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  6        SECTION 1.  That Section 49-720, Idaho Code, be, and the  same  is  hereby
  7    amended to read as follows:
  8        49-720.  STOPPING -- TURN AND STOP SIGNALS. (1) A person operating a bicy-
  9    cle  or  human-powered vehicle approaching a stop sign shall slow down and, if
 10    required for safety, stop before entering the intersection. After slowing to a
 11    reasonable speed or stopping, the person shall yield the right-of-way  to  any
 12    vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to
 13    constitute  an immediate hazard during the time the person is moving across or
 14    within the intersection or junction of highways, except that  a  person  after
 15    slowing  to  a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may
 16    cautiously make a turn or proceed through the intersection without stopping.
 17        (2)  A person operating a bicycle or human-powered vehicle  approaching  a
 18    steady  red traffic control signal light shall stop before entering the inter-
 19    section, except and shall yield to all other  traffic.  Once  the  person  has
 20    yielded,  he  may  proceed through the steady red light with caution. Provided
 21    however, that a person after slowing to a reasonable speed  and  yielding  the
 22    right-of-way if required, may cautiously make a right-hand turn. without stop-
 23    ping  or may cautiously make a A left-hand turn onto a one-way highway without
 24    may be made on a red light after stopping and yielding to other traffic.
 25        (3)  A person riding a bicycle shall comply with the provisions of section
 26    49-643, Idaho Code.
 27        (4)  A signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given during not
 28    less than the last one hundred (100) feet traveled by the bicycle before turn-
 29    ing, provided that a signal by hand and arm need not be given if the  hand  is
 30    needed in the control or operation of the bicycle.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                              STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                                    RS 14956

This amendment clarifies that a bicyclist must stop at a red traffic light and yield to
oncoming traffic.  It does not change the current law regarding making a right-hand
turn or making a left-hand turn onto a one-way street. This proposed amendment is
designed to make the road safer for bicyclists.  

                                  FISCAL IMPACT

There will be no impact to the State General Fund or local governments.


Name:     Senator Joyce Broadsword
Phone:    (208) 332-1338

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                                           S 1131