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Bicycle safety bills

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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 1:16 pm, Thu Oct 18, 2012.

Congratulations to the City Council for passing a legislative package meant to crack down on commercial bicyclists who freak out pedestrians and drivers alike every day, and often injure the former.

One piece of the package, sponsored by Sunnyside Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, will make bicycle deliverymen more visible by mandating that they wear reflective vests. Businesses that do not provide them would be subject to fines.

Another measure would force commercial cyclists to take a safety course. While there are many who will keep running lights and riding the wrong way no matter what, the classes might straighten out some two-wheeled scofflaws. Ignoring that law would also mean a fine.

The bills have been passed — great. Next comes the hard part: enforcement.

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