2017-2018 Legislative Session
We've got a huge bill to pass!
Update as of 8/9/18 ---
After passing in the Senate the OmniBike Bill An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities has been held up in the house.
On the final day of the month, we were disappointed to learn that both An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities and a bill to ban handheld cell phone use while driving cleared their way through the Senate, but got held up in the House (along with many other worthy efforts this session). These powerful pieces of legislation are still alive and could go through an informal session this summer – or be picked up again in January. As one Representative told us, “the path of bills through Legislature is often unpredictable,” so we’re keeping our eyes on the prize here, we will continue to work with our friends to move through the channels of Beacon Hill. Please stay tuned for future updates and action alerts from our communications team!
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:
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.