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Michigan Makes Roads Safe for Fuzzy Dice, Not Bikes

7:15 AM PDT on October 16, 2009

From Michigan's M-Bike.org, a story of misplaced priorities.

Apparently the Michigan State Senate unanimously voted
this week to strike down a law that prohibited drivers from hanging
possibly distracting objects from their rear-view mirrors. The measure
is popularly know as "the fuzzy dice bill."

As M-Bike.org
points out, the same lawmakers can't seem to find the time to deal with
some other matters that might be a bit more urgent -- especially for
cyclists who want safe passage on Michigan's roads:

800px_Dice_02138_300x225.jpgNow let’s look at some bicycle safety bills the Michigan Senate has not passed or voted on.

  • Senate Bills 529 & 530,
    which “enhance penalties for moving violations causing physical injury
    or death to bicyclists and other vulnerable roadway users” according to
    the League of Michigan Bicyclists.
  • Senate Bill 531,
    which stipulates that driver education “shall include information
    concerning the laws pertaining to bicycles and shall emphasize
    awareness of the operation of bicycles on the streets, roads, and
    highways of this state.”

Maybe
now that the pressing question of whether the state's drivers can hang
air fresheners from their mirrors has been resolved, the Michigan
Legislature can move on to considering basic safety for cyclists. We'll
keep you posted.

More from around the network: Bike Omaha wonders about e-bikes. Bello Velo, based in Huntsville, Alabama, looks longingly at the plan for bike infrastructure in Tyler, Texas. And Cyclelicious shares some opinions on bikes and business travel.

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