senate Bill S5244

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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

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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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5244

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10428-01-3

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  (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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