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Proposed bill could change rules for cyclists at intersections in Colorado

Posted: 9:51 PM, Jan 24, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-25 05:31:25Z

DENVER -- A proposed bill in the Colorado Legislature could soon have cyclists yielding at stop signs and treating red lights as stop signs.  

Avid cyclist Sen. Andy Kerr, a Jefferson County Democrat who is sponsoring the Senate Bill 93 , says the bill would increase safety for both drivers and cyclists.

“The studies show it increases bicycle and traffic safety overall,” said Sen. Kerr.

Kerr says a year after an Idaho bill similar to his passed, bicycle accidents went down by 14 percent.

"If a cyclist can clear the intersection before traffic accumulates and before other cars come up to the side, it decreases the chance of a crash,” said Kerr. 

The bill has been assigned to the Senate Transportation and Motor Vehicles Committee for consideration.

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