Please testify in support of better safer bike laws!
Public hearing Tuesday, July 11th, at the regular Assembly meeting (5pm-11pm at Loussac Library):
- Testify in-person (likely after 7pm) Bike Anchorage members will gather and testify in support!
- Sign up for phone testimony (sign up online by 5pm Monday, add AO 2023-65 to the subject)
- Send an email to [email protected] in support!
The Anchorage Assembly is currently considering an update to rules of the road that apply to bicyclists
This update was initiated to:
- Relax rules that were made for cars but don’t make sense for bicyclists (or are even dangerous for them)
- Remove the potential for discriminatory enforcement of those rules that aren’t doing any good anyway. While biased enforcement has not been a rampant issue in Anchorage, it is a nationwide problem, and we’d like to proactively ensure it won’t become a problem here.
The biggest updates are:
Bicyclists may treat stop signs as yield signs (one component of “Idaho Stop”).
- Why this is good: Maintaining momentum is safer for bicyclists.
“Dead red” allowance: Bicyclists may proceed through stop lights after 120 seconds if the light doesn’t change.
- Why this is good: Signals are not designed to detect bicyclists in Anchorage, and we can’t always reach the crosswalk button.
$0 fines for lack of helmet, lights, bell, etc
- Why this is good: State laws mean the Muni cannot remove those requirements entirely, but zeroing out the fines will prevent enforcement becoming a burden for people who may not be able to afford all that equipment.
We want two additional changes:
Change “dead red” to the second component of the Idaho Stop: Bicyclists may treat stop lights as stop signs.
- Why: This is much simpler and removes the possibility for biased enforcement if you don’t wait 120 seconds.
- Why: Nationwide, jaywalking enforcement is highly discriminatory and laws and enforcement does not improve safety or save lives.
6 minute video on why Idaho Stop Laws make sense and great points for your testimony :)