Mass. Lawmakers To Hear Bills That Aim To Improve Bicyclist Safety


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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Lawmakers on Beacon Hill will hear safety proposals on Thursday, which include unsafe bicyclists being fined as much as drivers for committing traffic violations.

The Joint Committee on Transportation will review a slew of bills meant to improve bike rider and pedestrian safety in the Commonwealth.

Among the bills, is one created by State Representative Alice Peisch, which would make it so bicyclist could be fined the same as someone driving a car if they commit the same traffic violation.

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Kate from Cambridge said she isn't sure if she supports that bill. "I guess, I understand a fine, but I think fining at the same level as a car is a little too high," said Kate.

Another bill introduced by State Senator Adam Hinds would require the Department of Transportation to erect and maintain proper signage along public ways which would make drivers more aware of bicyclists and pedestrians.

A third bill up for discussion includes cracking down on jaywalkers. The virtual public hearing will cover over two-dozen safety bills.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports:

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