By THE DENVER POST EDITORIAL BOARD
Even in bicycle-happy Colorado, legislation that would give cyclists greater freedom at intersections is likely a bill before its time. That’s too bad, for we see benefit in the idea. Especially in Denver, where officials continue to build more infrastructure for cyclists, and bicycle commuting is a growing reality, laws that acknowledge the inherent differences between vehicles and cycles could do a lot of good.
State Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, has introduced Senate Bill 93, which would empower cyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs and red lights like stop signs. Kerr, who regularly commutes to the Capitol on his bicycle, admits his measure faces significant obstacles. Still, he tells us he remains hopeful about its passage, given bipartisan support in the House and Senate. Either way, Kerr strongly believes now is the time to get Coloradans talking about the issue, and we agree.
Obstacles include opposition from Sens. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulfur Springs, and John Cooke, R-Greeley, respectively the chairman and vice chairman of the legislature’s transportation committee.
Cooke told Denver Post reporter John Wenzel, “I would go the opposite direction and say there should be more enforcement for bicyclists who violate red lights and stop signs.”