At Monday, September 13th’s meeting, the Burlington city council approved a significant overhaul to the portions of the city’s municipal code that discuss the rights and responsibilities of cyclists. The new language will take effect in a month, and when it does, it will put Burlington out front among Vermont communities in a variety of ways.
Here’s a summary of some of the most important changes:
- In addition to a white light on the front of the bike, nighttime cyclists are now required to have a red light on the back
- Motorists must give cyclists at least three feet of space when passing
- Cyclists must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and recreation paths and must give an “audible signal” when passing
- Bikes are now defined as “non-motorized vehicles” rather than “play vehicles”
Here’s a link to a document outlining all the bike-related provisions of city and state law, both before and after the recently approved changes.
Many thanks to volunteer Will Flender, who put many hours into drafting the changes and advocating for their passage. Will, you’re a champ!
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