Colorado bicyclists win new protections |

Colorado bicyclists win new protections

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ” Gov. Bill Ritter has signed a bill aimed at protecting the rights of cyclists.

The measure (Senate Bill 148) requires that drivers give cyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing or risk a $110 ticket.

Anyone who throws an object at a cyclist could be charged with a class 2 misdemeanor. That carries a fine of between $250 and $1,000 and a possible sentence of three to 12 months in jail.

The bill was sponsored by a bipartisan pair of avid cyclists ” Republican Sen. Greg Brophy of Wray and Democratic Rep. Mike Merrifield of Colorado Springs.

Ritter says the new law, which takes effect Aug. 5, will “enhance safety for everyone.” He signed the bill along with six others Monday in Colorado Springs.