North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays proposed an ordinance that would prohibit taunting, threatening or otherwise harassing anyone traveling on city rights-of-way, whether someone is in a motor vehicle, on a bicycle or is a pedestrian. If approved, Hays’ ordinance would carry a minimum possible fine of $250.
On Monday, August 10, several residents told the City Council that bicyclists cause problems, and that rules need to be more strict on them. Some of the rules they suggested include:
- Bicyclists should not take up the roads.
- Bicyclists should be required to have license tags on their bikes.
- Bicyclists should be required to carry liability insurance just as drivers of motor vehicles must do.
A public hearing will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the North Little Rock City Council. Please attend and tell the City of North Little Rock to support bicyclists!
The Arkansas law gives bicyclists the right to the road. The law states:
“27-49-111. Use of bicycles or animals.
Every person riding a bicycle or an animal, or driving any animal drawing a vehicle upon a highway, shall have all the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except those provisions of this act which by their nature can have no applicability.
History. Acts 1937, No. 300, § 24; Pope’s Dig., § 6682; Acts 1981, No. 699, § 1; A.S.A. 1947, § 75-424″
“27-51-311. Overtaking a bicycle.
(a) The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a roadway shall exercise due care and pass to the left at a safe distance of not less than three feet (3′) and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.
(b) (1) A person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).
(2) A person who violates this section with the violation resulting in a collision causing death or serious physical injury to the person operating the overtaken bicycle shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) in addition to any other penalties prescribed by law.
History. Acts 2007, No. 681, § 1.”
Tell North Little Rock that bicyclists are protected by the state law. Attend the City Council meeting tonight!