City of Dallas slows roll on bicycle-passing ordinance

City of Dallas slows roll on bicycle-passing ordinance

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he Dallas City Council tapped the brakes Wednesday morning on an ordinance that toughens how drivers should navigate around cyclists on streets with new bike lanes. Several council members said there were still many questions how the proposed law would affect motorists, cyclists, police and citizens, who would need to understand the new lanes through a public-information campaign.

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council tapped the brakes Wednesday morning on an ordinance that toughens how drivers should navigate around cyclists on streets with new bike lanes.

Several council members said there were still many questions how the proposed law would affect motorists, cyclists, police and citizens, who would need to understand the new lanes through a public-information campaign.

The council sent the matter to the Public Safety Committee for a briefing in the near future.

Dallas, trying to improve it's image as a city with streets unfriendly to cyclists, started painting designated bike lanes on some downtown streets.

The ensuing ordinance would require motorists to leave the lane and pass the cyclist at a "safe" distance and then re-enter the lane. Motorists would also not be allowed to turn right in front of cyclists if not at a safe distance or throw items at them. A violation could result in a $500 fine.

The issue should return to the full council soon. Mayor Mike Rawlings, an avid cyclist himself, said he wants the item expedited.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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