Rep. Cotter Stands Up for Bicycling – Bill to Limit Bicyclists’ Rights on Michigan Roads Shelved

LMB recently posted an article (House Bill Would Limit the Rights of Michigan Bicyclists) encouraging bicyclists to

Thank Rep. Cotter for standing up for bicyclists' rights to use Michigan roads: KevinCotter@house.mi.gov

Thank Rep. Cotter for standing up for bicyclists’ rights to use Michigan roads:
KevinCotter@house.mi.gov

contact State Representative Kevin Cotter to oppose House Bill 4086. The highway exceptions bill would limit the ability for pedestrians and bicyclists to bring a claim forward if they were injured in the improved portion of the roadway. We were cc’d on many well written emails to his office requesting that he not take up this bill during the 2013-2014 legislative session.

We are pleased to update our supporters that we received a correspondence from Representative Cotter responding to our concerns and stating that he has no intentions of advancing the bill this legislative session. In a March 13th email Representative Cotter stated:

I appreciate you taking the time to contact me and express your concerns with House Bill 4086. I wanted to take a moment to update you on this legislation.

As you may know, House Bill 4086 was introduced by Representative Jeff Farrington on January 22, 2013 and referred to the House Committee on Judiciary, of which I serve as the Chair.

At this time I do not expect that the bill will be brought up during this legislative term for any further consideration. In addition to the comments from this group, many others have contacted my office to share their concerns. I believe that there would need to be a great deal of changes made to the legislation for it to have the necessary support to move forward, which at this time I do not expect to occur.

While we will continue to monitor this legislation, and any other bills that limit bicycllist’s rights to use the roadways, we are breathing a sigh of relief that this issue is effectively off the table.

A big thanks goes out to LMB member, Bryan Waldman, for helping us craft our comments on this complicated issue. Likewise, we sincerely thank all of our supporters who took action on this issue.

Lastly, LMB would also like to publically recognize Representative Cotter’s leadership on this issue and thank him for helping to preserve the rights of non-motorized users to use Michigan roads. We encourage our members to take a moment to share messages of appreciation with his office: KevinCotter@house.mi.gov.