We’ve talked about the whole “safety in numbers” thing and how cyclists are riding smarter, but you cyclists may soon have to put your money where your spokes are: According to Philadelphia Weekly, the proposed (and already once-postponed) Complete Streets Bill could go to vote by the end of the year, and the current version contains a big change for cyclists.
In the bill’s current state, which “includes concessions and safety precautions for both cyclists and drivers,” a bicyclist running a red light would incur a $100 fine, which is up from the current $3 fine. In addition, it would prohibit “opening a car door into traffic (unless safe to do so),” and parking in bike lanes (which, as common sense would tell you, should have been illegal a long time ago).
The bill is co-sponsored by Mark Squilla, Kenyatta Johnson, Blondell Reynolds-Brown and Jim Kenney … which … ugh. But the people at the always great Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia have been in discussion with the council-members to help shape the bill. The Bicycle Coalition calls the bill a “compromise,” which works, because that’s exactly what sharing the road has to be.