January Session, 2015
LCO No. 6949
SEN. BYE, 5th Dist.
SEN. LEONE, 27th Dist.
REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd Dist.
REP. LEMAR, 96th Dist.
REP. RITTER M. , 1st Dist.
REP. SIMANSKI, 62nd Dist.
REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd Dist.
REP. ROSARIO, 128th Dist.
REP. BUMGARDNER, 41st Dist.
REP. HAMPTON, 16th Dist.
"AN ACT CONCERNING BICYCLE SAFETY. "
Strike lines 15 to 20, inclusive, in their entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:
"(b) The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass, in a marked no-passing zone, pedestrians, parked or standing vehicles, animals, bicycles, mopeds, scooters, vehicles moving at a slow speed as defined in section 14-220 or obstructions on the right side of the highway, as listed in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 14-230, as amended by this act, provided such overtaking and passing may be conducted safely, with adequate sight distance and without interfering with oncoming traffic or endangering traffic, as defined in section 14-297."
Strike lines 29 to 33, inclusive, in their entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:
"curb, except if a bikeway, as defined in section 13a-153f, or such bikeway's buffer area, as described in the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, is in place between the parking lane and the curb, such vehicle shall be so placed that its right-hand wheels, when stationary, shall, when safety will permit, be within a distance of twelve inches from the edge of such bikeway or buffer area. No vehicle shall"
In line 35, insert brackets around "thereat" and after the closing bracket insert "at such intersection"
In line 94, strike "set aside" and insert "separated" in lieu thereof
After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:
"Sec. 501. Section 13a-153f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2015):
(a) For the purposes of this section:
(1) "Department" means the Department of Transportation;
(2) "Funds" means any funds from the Special Transportation Fund, bond allocations and any other source that is available for the construction, maintenance and repair of roads in this state;
(3) "User" means a motorist, transit user, pedestrian or bicyclist;
(4) "Bikeway" means any road, street, path or way which in some manner is specifically designated for bicycle travel, including the provision of a bicycle lane, regardless of whether such facility is designated for the exclusive use of bicycles or is to be shared with other modes of transportation; and
(5) "Total project cost" means the cost of the entire corridor plan project.
(b) Accommodations for all users shall be a routine part of the planning, design, construction and operating activities of all highways, as defined in section 14-1, in this state. The department, in concert with elected or appointed municipal authorities and taking into consideration any municipally approved transportation plan, where appropriate, shall give consideration to implementing the AASHTO minimum standard lane width, if such implementation allows the addition of a bicycle lane that conforms to the bicycle lane standards of AASHTO or the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
(c) From funds received by the department or any municipality for the construction, restoration, rehabilitation or relocation of highways, roads or streets, a reasonable amount shall be expended to provide facilities for all users, including, but not limited to, bikeways and sidewalks with appropriate curb cuts and ramps. On and after October 1, 2010, not less than one per cent of the total amount of any such funds received in any fiscal year shall be so expended. The department or municipality shall take future transit expansion plans into account where appropriate. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, such provisions shall not apply in the event of a state or municipal transportation emergency.
(d) [Accomodations] Accommodations pursuant to subsection (b) of this section and the provision of facilities pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall not be required if the Commissioner of Transportation or a municipal legislative body determines, with respect to a highway, road or street that: (1) Nonmotorized usage is prohibited; (2) there is a demonstrated absence of need; (3) the accommodation of all users would be an excessively expensive component of the total project cost; or (4) the accommodation of all users is not consistent with the state's or such municipality's, respectively, program of construction, maintenance and repair.
Sec. 502. Subsection (a) of section 14-230 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2015):
(a) Upon all highways, each vehicle, other than a vehicle described in subsection (c) of this section, shall be driven upon the right, except (1) when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, (2) when overtaking and passing pedestrians, parked or standing vehicles, animals, bicycles, mopeds, scooters, vehicles moving at a slow speed, as defined in section 14-220, or obstructions on the right side of the highway, (3) when the right side of a highway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair, (4) on a highway divided into three or more marked lanes for traffic, or (5) on a highway designated and signposted for one-way traffic. "
This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:
July 1, 2015
July 1, 2015