Rep. Alexander testifies on bill to safeguard bicyclists on Michigan roads

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Legislation increases awareness of vulnerable roadway users in driver training course

State Rep. Julie Alexander this week testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of her legislation to include at least one hour of classroom instruction in Michigan drivers training course regarding bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.

While Michigan law provides awareness of vulnerable roadway users in the state driver training course, the bill focuses on specific time devoted to the topic during the 24 hours of class time.

Bicycle and motorcycle deaths have spiked in Michigan. There were 138 motorcycle deaths in Michigan in 2015, compared to 112 fatalities in 2014. Between 2005 and 2015, Michigan ranked 11th highest for bicycle deaths per capita in the nation.

“As we notice more bicyclists on the road, it is important that our state sets a higher standard of classroom instruction on bicycles and other vulnerable roadway users,” said Alexander, of Hanover. “This legislation requires a specific hour of focus on the awareness of bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians for the safety of all roadway users.”

House Bill 4198 remains under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.