New York propose drivers take bike-safety class [via Bike Radar]

By Kirsten Frattini from Asheville, NC
The State of New York is taking steps the most important step in protecting cyclists — educating drivers. The city recently introduced a piece of legislation for pre-licensed drivers to learn about bike safety.
The New York State Senate is expected to vote in favor of the Bill 8487 during the next legislative session in January.
“Awareness is key for safety in the streets,” said Joe Sharkey, Brooklyn Cyclists and Time’s Up! Volunteer worked with the Senator Eric Adams and his office to promote the bill. “Pointing things out to people in an educational setting goes a long way to making people aware. And it is all as simple as looking for a split second before you open a door. The unit proposed would be to raise awareness of all vulnerable road users, not just cyclists.”


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