‘Utah Yield’ bicycle bill passes committee

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) A House committee unanimously passed the Utah Yield Bicycle bill Tuesday.

House Bill 58 would let bicyclists treat stop signs as yield signs and red traffic signals as stop signs. Under current law, bicyclists can pass under a red light after waiting for 90 seconds.

Lawmakers say this bill is needed because right now our traffic signals are designed to only accommodate cars.

“It would just help improve the cycling, we have thousands more people cycling every year, it would help with air quality, reduce congestion and I think we should just do what we can to make cycling, to make what they’re doing safely, legal,” said Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, (D-Holladay).

The bill, lawmakers say, also aims to help law enforcement focus on more pressing traffic hazards.

They say studies from other states with “stop as yield” regulations have not shown any increased risk for car-bicycle crashes.

You can track this bill’s progress here.

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