Group Asks State Lawmakers for Cyclist Protections

By Associated Press – 9 Sept ’14

Citing the deaths of at least four cyclists on Wyoming roads so far this year, an organization devoted to people who bicycle and walk is asking state lawmakers to consider new safety laws.

Tim Young, of Wyoming Pathways, asked the Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Interim Committee on Monday in Riverton to study possible solutions.

One proposal is a mandatory safe distance for cars to pass bicycles on state roads. The other is enacting new penalties for drivers who injure or kill cyclists and others.

Cyclists have been killed this year on roads in Casper, Sheridan, rural Natrona County and rural Laramie County.

Young suggested the issue be studied next year, but he told the Casper Star-Tribune that he would welcome a bill during the 2015 session.