Advocacy

2017-2018 Legislative Session

We've got a huge bill to pass!

Update as of 7/2/18 ---

Good news!!! The OmniBike Bill An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities has been passed by the Senate!

The Senate voted to pass the omnibike bill, S2570! MassBike, alongside the Vision Zero Coalition and our partner advocacy groups, has worked closely with Senator Brownsberger and Representatives Hecht and Rogers to develop a comprehensive traffic safety bill that will prevent crashes and protect vulnerable road users and are thrilled for this step forward. Even though changes have been made to the bill from the original draft, we still consider it a strong piece of legislation that will help bicyclists across the state.

What's Next?
Next the bill moves to the House for further consideration.

What can you do to help? Say thank you!
Send an email to say thank you to the Senators who championed this bill (see template email provided below and check the list below to see if your Senator voted in support of the bill!). Please copy bikeinfo@massbike.org on your email. 

What's an omnibus bill?

An omnibus bill is a proposed law that covers a number of diverse topics. Our hope is that through these measures we can make our roadways safer for our members and the bicycling community, as well as other roadway users.

Here's a summary of the topics covered in the bill:

To read a full draft of the updated bill click here.

Summary: An Act to reduce traffic fatalities (Senate Bill #2570, House Bill #2877)

  • Requires state owned and state contracted trucks to be equipped with sideguards between their front and rear wheels to prevent cyclists and pedestrians from falling underneath the chassis if impacted. Also requires convex and crossover mirrors.

  • Lowers default speed limit on state highways and parkways in thickly settled or business districts from 30mph to 25mph.

  • Requires EOPSS, in consultation with DPH and MassDOT, to develop a standardized reporting tool be used by a first responder called to the scene of a pedestrian or cyclist crash or incident.

  • Requires bicyclists to use both a rear red light and red reflector when riding at night.

  • Defines several different road users, including bicyclists and pedestrians, as vulnerable road users.  Requires motor vehicles to pass vulnerable road at a distance of at least three feet when traveling at 30mph or less, with an additional foot of clearance required for every 10 mph that the vehicle is traveling above 30mph. Allows motor vehicles to cross a double yellow line into an adjacent travel lane, when it is safe to do so, if needed to achieve a safe passing distance.


EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS AND SAMPLE TEXT

To: Your State Senator (if you don't know who they are, click here)

CC:  bikeinfo@massbike.org

Recommended email subject: Thank you for your support of An Act to reduce traffic fatalities

Sample email text:

Dear Senator,

I am writing to thank you for your support of An Act to reduce traffic fatalities, (S2570).

Serious injury and deaths from traffic crashes continue with troubling frequency on our streets. This bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation which aims to create safer streets for all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and passengers of motor vehicles. I appreciate your support in ensuring its passage in the Senate.

[Tell your own story here. Why is this bill important to you?]

Thanks again for your support of legislation to improve the safety on our roads.

[full name
street address
city/town, state, zip
phone:
email: ]


Did your Senator vote in support of the bill? See the voting below:

Senate -- Roll Call #436
S.2570 -- Question on passing the bill to be engrossed

YEAS. − 37.
Barrett, Michael J.  
Boncore, Joseph A.  
Brady, Michael D. 
Brownsberger, William N. 
Chandler, Harriette L. 
Chang-Diaz, Sonia 
Collins, Nick 
Creem, Cynthia Stone 
Crighton, Brendan P. 
deMacedo, Viriato M. 
DiDomenico, Sal N. 
Eldridge, James B. 
Fattman, Ryan C. 
Feeney, Paul R. 
Friedman, Cindy F. 
Gobi, Anne M. 
Hinds, Adam G. 
Humason, Donald F., Jr. 
Jehlen, Patricia D.
Keenan, John F.
Lesser, Eric P.
Lewis, Jason M.
L'Italien, Barbara A.
Lovely, Joan B.
Montigny, Mark C.
Moore, Michael O.
O'Connor, Patrick M.
O'Connor Ives, Kathleen
Pacheco, Marc R.
Rodrigues, Michael J.
Ross, Richard J.
Rush, Michael F.
Spilka, Karen E.
Tarr, Bruce E.
Timilty, Walter F.
Tran, Dean A.
Welch, James T.

NAYS − 0.

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING. − 1.
Cyr, Julian 

 

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