Bill S5244-2013

Directs the commissioner of transportation to study and report upon the unsafe use of bicycles upon public highways

Directs the commissioner of transportation to study and report upon the unsafe use of bicycles upon public highways.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • May 15, 2013: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S5244

TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of transportation to examine, evaluate and report upon the unsafe use of bicycles on public highways

PURPOSE: To determine the safety or lack thereof while riding a bicycle on public highways.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1, the commissioner shall examine, evaluate and make recommendations on the use of bicycles upon public highways. This will include the following; violations of the rules of the road, vehicular accidents involving bicycles, number of vehicular accidents caused by bicycle riders, pedestrian accidents involving bicycles, pedestrian accidents caused by bicycle riders, property damage accidents involving bicycles, number of property damage accidents involving bicycle riders, the number of individuals suffering personal injury or death as a result of vehicular accidents, pedestrian accidents, and property damage accidents involving bicycles, bike lane violations by bicycle riders, use of helmets by bicycle riders, and a comparison of the incidence of personal injury and death to bicycle riders involved in accidents who were wearing helmets and those who were not wearing helmets.

Section 2, the commissioner shall publish and make available to the public within one year a report of the findings, conclusions, and recommendations, and any legislative proposals deemed necessary.

JUSTIFICATION: A 2011 study found that more than 500 New York pedestrians a year make hospital trips getting hit by bikes. "That's probably an underestimate of the number of times this has happened," says Bill Milczarski of New York's Hunter College, who co-authored the study. here have also been instances where pedestrians in New York City have been killed by hikers who do not follow the rules of the road. This bill would, through a study, compile statistics that would let the public know in detail the incidents of accidents involving bicycles and the cause.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5244 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 15, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FELDER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to direct the commissioner of transportation to examine, evaluate and report upon the unsafe use of bicycles on public highways THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The commissioner of transportation shall examine, evaluate and make recommendations on the unsafe use of bicycles upon public high- ways. Such commissioner shall direct his or her attention to at least the following: (a) the incidence of violations of the rules of the road, as specified in the vehicle and traffic law, and local laws, ordinance and codes, by bicycle riders, on a statewide basis and by county; (b) the incidence of vehicular accidents involving bicycles, on a statewide basis and by county; (c) the number of vehicular accidents caused by bicycle riders, on a statewide basis and by county; (d) the incidence of pedestrian accidents involving bicycles, on a statewide basis and by county; (e) the number of pedestrian accidents caused by bicycle riders, on a statewide basis and by county; (f) the incidence of property damage accidents involving bicycles, on a statewide basis and by county; (g) the number of property damage accidents caused by bicycle riders, on a statewide basis and by county; (h) the number of individuals suffering personal injury or death as the result of vehicular accidents, pedestrian accidents and property damage accidents involving bicycles, on a statewide basis and by county; (i) the incidence of bike lane violations by bicycle riders; (j) the use of helmets by bicycle riders, on a statewide basis and by county; and
(k) a comparison of the incidence of personal injury and death to bicycle riders involved in accidents who were wearing helmets and those who were not wearing helmets. S 2. The commissioner of transportation shall publish and make avail- able to the public, and submit to the governor and the legislature, within one year of the effective date of this act, a report of his or her findings, conclusions and recommendations. In addition, such commis- sioner shall submit with his or her report such legislative proposals as he or she deems necessary to implement his or her recommendations. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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