Vulnerable roadway users have extra protection in Oregon – how about us Iowans?

The latest issue of American Bicyclist includes an article about the “vulnerable user” legal concept as adopted in a year-old Oregon law.

2007-049-bAs Portland lawyer and cyclist Ray Thomas explains in the article, the concept “incorporates the inherent vulnerability of humans who use the roads without being encased in a protective steel shell.”

The law stops short of jailing motorists for the careless-driving offenses it addresses, but something like this still might serve to get the attention of drivers who, at the very least, need to pay more attention to the non-motorists who share the roads.

We could use the “zone of protection” described in the article. Take a look.

You can download the PDF file here, and the concept is also discussed here.

Pedal on.

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