Safer Streets for Children bill signed into law
House Bill 1147 passed the Colorado Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Ritter.
This bill adds the existing state bicycle and pedestrian policy into law and makes a children’s road safety curriculum available for school district use.
The Department of Transportation’s existing internal policy of “accommodating bicycle and pedestrian use of the highways in a safe and reliable manner for all highway users” will be bolstered by adding it into statute. This recently adopted policy is valuable but subject to removal by future administrators. This statute will help keep Colorado’s roadways safe for all road users.
The bill no longer contains the section devoted to helmet use by youths following the Senate vote. Thanks to Representative Kefalas and Senator Bacon for their leadership.