Moving the ball forward.
New bills passed by the Oregon Legislature will make an already bicycle-friendly Ashland even safer for those who choose to pedal. A bill was signed earlier last week that establishes a “share the road” license plate with the proceeds going to bicycle safety programs.
Another bill will create a safe passing law that requires drivers to provide a safety cushion when getting around other people using the roadway. The law is designed so that if a cyclist were to fall, they would still be safe from getting hit.
Another bill will fine careless drivers who kill a bicycler or any vulnerable user. The driver would be subject to license suspension of a year and a fine up to $12,500. Currently the only punishment is a $1,115 fine.