New York proposes drivers take bike-safety class

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New York proposes drivers take bike-safety class

Postby Aushiker » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:26 pm

Hi

The State of New York is taking steps the most important step in protecting cyclists — educating drivers. The city recently introduced a piece of legislation for pre-licensed drivers to learn about bike safety.

The New York State Senate is expected to vote in favor of the Bill 8487 during the next legislative session in January.

“Awareness is key for safety in the streets,” said Joe Sharkey, Brooklyn Cyclists and Time’s Up! Volunteer worked with the Senator Eric Adams and his office to promote the bill. “Pointing things out to people in an educational setting goes a long way to making people aware. And it is all as simple as looking for a split second before you open a door. The unit proposed would be to raise awareness of all vulnerable road users, not just cyclists.”
- BikeRadar.com

A small step in the right direction maybe?

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by BNA » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:34 pm

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Re: New York proposes drivers take bike-safety class

Postby Max » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:34 pm

Education is always a good thing. Hopefully it will enlighten the next generation of motorists, and perhaps trickle down into the existing motoring public.

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Re: New York proposes drivers take bike-safety class

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:54 pm

I'd give that concept three thumbs up if I was Tasmanian... :P

Here's hoping successful completion of the course is mandatory before license renewal.
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