The Bicycle Alliance of Washington wants motorists in traffic school courses to be taught how to safely interact with bicyclists and pedestrians.
HB 1129, introduced this week by Representative Brad Klippert of Kennewick, would incorporate bicycle and pedestrian traffic safety curriculum in traffic schools. Many cities and counties offer traffic school courses to motorists who have committed traffic-related offenses as a condition of deferral, sentence or penalty.
The Department of Licensing approved curriculum was developed by the Bicycle Alliance and is a requirement in drivers education programs in Washington State. The Bicycle Alliance would make the curriculum available at no cost to traffic schools.
“Teaching drivers how to safely interact with bicyclists and pedestrians has only been a part of drivers education for a few years,” stated Bicycle Alliance Policy Director Dave Janis. “Incorporating the curriculum into traffic schools gives us an opportunity to reach drivers who most likely did not receive this training previously.”
The Bicycle Alliance of Washington advocates for bicyclists and a bike-friendly state. Information on this bill and other legislative priorities supported by them can be found at bicyclealliance.org.