OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-502

AN ACT CONCERNING BICYCLE SAFETY.

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 6970)

House Calendar No.: 522

Senate Calendar No.: 246


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Transportation, Dept.

TF - Potential Cost

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Resources of the General Fund

GF - Revenue Impact

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Note: GF=General Fund; TF=Transportation Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Various Municipalities

Potential Cost

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Explanation

The bill results in a potential revenue impact through statutory safety and fine changes to laws regarding bicycle operation.

The bill results in a potential revenue loss by allowing motorists to cross the centerline in a no-pass zone in specified situations. In FY 14, 1,373 violations occurred with 936 resulting in fine revenue of approximately $90,000. These violations occurred for situations both including and not including a bicyclist or pedestrian. The bill only eliminates the violation when it involves a bicyclist or pedestrian.

The bill also results in a potential revenue loss by expanding circumstances when a bicyclist is not required to ride as close to the right side of the road as practical. In FY 14, 79 violations occurred with 32 resulting in fine revenue of approximately $1,700.

Finally the bill results in a potential revenue gain by requiring motorists parking on a curbed highway to park the vehicle so that the right wheels are 12 inches (or less) from the end of the buffer, as opposed to 12 inches (or less) from the curb, as under current law. In FY 14, 3,932 violations occurred with 2,939 resulting in fine revenue of approximately $244,000.

The bill requires the Department of Transportation (DOT), where appropriate to take into consideration AASHTO standards for bicycle lanes. This may result in a potential cost to DOT and municipalities for additional construction costs on roadways to meet AASHTO bicycle lane standards.

Senate “A” includes language requiring the DOT to take into consideration AASHTO standards. The amendment also clarifies bicycle safety laws, which do not result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

Sources:

Judicial Department Offenses and Revenue Database

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.