Vetoed State Bike Safety Law Passes in Austin

The Austin City Council has approved a bill that requires motorists to keep a three-foot distance from bicyclists on the road. The same bill was vetoed by Texas Governor Rick Perry four months ago.
October 26, 2009, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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Violations of the ordinance would result in a fine of up to $500.

"The ordinance would be the first of its kind in a major Texas city. Stallings said BikeTexas is working with other cities, but refused to disclose which ones. Stallings did say, however, that he has had cities with fewer than 25,000 people and some with larger populations than Austin contact BikeTexas about creating ordinances.

'I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't 20 cities that have a safe-passing bill soon,' [Robin Stallings, the executive director of BikeTexas] said."

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Published on Friday, October 23, 2009 in The Houston Chronicle
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