On Tuesday, April 27th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced the Senate Transportation Committee passed legislation (S6620) that will establish protections for cyclists. In January, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the bill requiring a three-foot buffer zone between a motor vehicle passing a cyclist proceeding in the same direction on a highway.
The bill is also known as “Merrill's Law", in memory of Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist and safety advocate, who was fatally struck by a vehicle while cycling in Greenburgh, in Westchester County.
Cycling enthusiasts, political figures, state and local officials, environmentalists and planners will gather at the Greenburgh Town Hall May 6, for the 2nd annual Westchester Bike Summit. The focus of the session is, “to make the region more friendly to those who get around on two wheels,” according to the Bike Walk Alliance of Westchester and Putnam.
On Friday, June 25, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced the Senate passed legislation (S7897) requiring motorists to pass bicyclists proceeding in the same direction at a safe distance. Once the bill has passed in both houses it will be sent to the Governor for his signature. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the legislation after Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist and safety advocate, was fatally struck by a vehicle last year, while cycling in Greenburgh, NY.
Following the death of a 66-year-old bicyclist in Westchester County last November, the New York Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that would require vehicles to pass cyclists at a safe distance to prevent accidents.
Westchester Putnam Bike Walk Alliance member Merrill Cassell was biking on Route 119 at the Greenburgh/White Plains border Nov. 6 when he was sideswiped by a Bee-Line public bus and killed. The bus driver didn't receive a ticket.
Today, legislation (S7897) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced and passed in the Senate to protect bicyclists was signed into law. The new law requires motorists to pass bicyclists proceeding in the same direction at a safe distance. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the legislation after Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist and safety advocate, was fatally struck by a vehicle last year, while cycling in Greenburgh, NY.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the State of New York had 42 bicycle-related traffic fatalities in 2008 alone. Requiring motorists to pass at "a safe distance," this legislation will serve to educate the public about the need for motor vehicles and bicyclists to share our roads safely.
A bicycle safety law sponsored by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins(D-Yonkers) has been signed by Governor David Paterson.
The bill, which was dubbed "Merrill's Law" was so named after 66 year old Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist, who was struck and fatally crushed by a BeeLine Bus in November 2009 as he was riding on Route 119 near Aqueduct Road in Greenburgh.