An Action Alert from Bike Texas! Bill Requires Driver's License Test Takers to Demonstrate Knowledge of Motorist Responsibilities to Cyclists; Attend the Hearing; Contact Your Transportation Comm. Senator!
On Monday, April 6, the Senate Transportation Committee will hear SB 2041, a very important bill for the safety of cyclists on Texas roads. This bill will require those taking the test to receive their driver's license to "demonstrate knowledge of motorists' rights and responsibilities in relation to bicyclists", currently not required by law.
As cyclists who must share the road with cars every day, this bill would be a giant leap forward in raising awareness with motorists that bicycles have a right to be on the road. Cyclists have long wanted a bill like this, and we appreciate Senator Rodney Ellis for taking the lead on this. SB 2041 would also help get the word out to motorists about Safe Passing, if and when it becomes law.
If you are a constituent of a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, please contact your senator and ask for their YES vote on SB 2041.
John Carona (R), Dist. 16
Kirk Watson (D), Dist. 14
Wendy Davis (D), Dist. 10
Joan Huffman (R), Dist. 17
Robert Nichols (R), Dist. 3
Florence Shapiro (R), Dist. 8
Eliot Shapleigh (D), Dist. 29
Jeff Wentworth (R), Dist. 25
Special Note for Austin Cyclists:
Please attend the hearing! Those of us in Austin can easily get to the Capitol, and we can make the difference for all of Texas by showing up in support of this bill. The hearing will be at 8:00 am on Monday April 6, in Hearing Room E1.016. Click here for a map of the Capitol complex. Please contact Emma (512-476-7433, or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information, or call 512-944-2732 on the day of the hearing.