Ritter to sign bill protecting rights of cyclists

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ” Gov. Bill Ritter plans to sign a bill Monday aimed at protecting the rights of cyclists.

The measure (Senate Bill 148) requires that drivers give cyclists at least three 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 and Democratic Rep. Mike Merrifield. It will take effect Aug. 5.

The governor plans to sign the bill along with six others Monday in Colorado Springs.