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Texas Lawmaker Wants Cyclist To Be Seen On The Road
A Texas Representative is looking to change the rules when it comes to riding a bike after the sun goes down.
Representative Joe Farias wants to add safety equipment requirements for certain cyclists.
In his bill it proposes a person may not operate a bicycle at nighttime, during the 30 minute period before sunset, or during the 30 minute period after sunrise unless the person or bicycle is equipped with: a light that emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet in front of the bicycle; and a lamp that emits a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear of the bicycle.
"I think a lot of legislature or maybe people who ride bikes don’t come up with these ideas as patchwork solutions to a larger infrastructure problem,” said cyclist Ryan Jahn.
Many cyclists KEYE TV spoke with agreed that after dark is most dangerous time for someone to be out on a bike, but say there is a much larger problem than lights on bikes.
“I don't think the problem can be solved by introducing more legislation I think we need to work on activism,” said Katie Inglis.
If the change in the law is approved it would take effect on September 1, 2013.
By Adam Racusin