Bicycle Safety Legislation Again Stalls In House Committee

A South Dakota legislative panel has stalled in coming up with a solution to improve bicycle safety in the state.

The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday again was unable to reach consensus on how to improve safety for cyclists when vehicles pass them on the road.

The state Department of Transportation is pushing the original measure. Agency attorney Bill Nevin says that proposal would require a vehicle to stay three feet away from a cyclist while passing.

Committee Chairman Mike Verchio says he wants to differentiate between city streets and rural highways, where he thinks the cushion should be larger. The committee on Tuesday appointed a sub-panel to negotiate a solution.

From 2010 to 2013 in South Dakota, 390 cyclists were injured and three people died in collisions with vehicles.