The state House Committee on Transportation plans to delve into the hot topic of bicycle safety at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
The committee plans to take up a bill that would order the state Department of Transportation to conduct a study and recommend “how the laws may be revised to better ensure the safety of bicyclists and motorists on the roadways.”
If the working group is formed, it would look at issues such as how vehicles can safely pass bicyclists on roads where lines of sight may be limited and whether bicyclists should be required to ride single file “or allowed to ride two or more abreast.”
The group also would study whether bicyclists should be required to carry identification.
Earlier this month, a House committee debated a bill that would allow drivers to pass slowpokes, including bicyclists, in no-passing zones. But no vote was taken and Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, a Wilkes County Republican, said he planned to rework the measure. Staff writer David Ranii