Vest Bill To Be Heard Tuesday

It’s being sold as a safety measure: HB 1937 would require bicyclists to wear reflective vests on state highways. What it’s more likely to accomplish: Making bicycling more difficult and less attractive.

The language of the bill offers no exceptions, so it is reasonable to assume that a bicyclist would be required to wear a vest even when crossing a state highway. Many state highways crisscross Springfield’s urban core.

The Missouri House Transportation Committee will hear the bill on Tuesday. Please click that link for details about how you can help, including details about testifying before the committee.

I think we should resist this bill. Please contact your state representative if you agree.

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Comments 5

  1. Steve A wrote:

    Well, the author certainly doesn’t subscribe to the notion, common in his party, that we should avoid excessive governmental regulation – and particularly without clear and compelling need. Perhaps we should sic the Tea Party on him…

    Posted 01 Apr 2012 at 11:51 am
  2. Michael wrote:

    That’s just silly.

    Posted 01 Apr 2012 at 12:48 pm
  3. Khal Spencer wrote:

    How much money does this guy get from the vest lobby?

    Posted 01 Apr 2012 at 4:47 pm
  4. Khal Spencer wrote:

    Aside from the excessive regulation argument, with which I concur, its a lousy bill. The author has nothing in the bill to define a reflective vest. Generally, highway department and other safety professionals have vests that meet ANSI standards when working on roads or doing traffic control. Examples here:

    By not setting a standard, anything can go. I can take my black Woolrich vest, stick on a couple pieces of reflective tape, and say I am in compliance.

    What happens when someone is hit? Will the defendant hire a lawyer to dispute whether the vest met the letter or spirit of the ill defined vest in the law?

    Aside from that, what about enforcement? When is the last time anyone got pulled over for not having those CPSC reflectors in their wheels?

    Posted 01 Apr 2012 at 5:18 pm
  5. Andy Cline wrote:

    Khal… Yes. Nutty.

    Posted 02 Apr 2012 at 9:33 am