Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-01-14 18:30:53 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — The public awareness campaign on bicycle safety highlights Nevada’s law requiring drivers to allow space for their bicycles.
“Change lanes on your bike. That’s the law!” Deliver a message to both drivers and cyclists.
Nevada is one of five states that explicitly require drivers to move to the adjacent lane on the left if lanes are available when overtaking cyclists. According to a news release, the minimum “3 feet” law states that drivers must leave space and are more widely enforced in 33 states.
A recent event highlighting the space needed for cyclists received 180 citations in just a few hours.
The Las Vegas Cyclist Memorial — a new cycling advocacy alliance formed after the deaths of five cyclists in a December crash at US 95 near Searchlight — and the South Nevada Bicycle Union launched a safety campaign on Thursday.
The goal of the campaign is to eliminate roadcyclist deaths in southern Nevada.
“In 2020, many Las Vegas bike retailers sold out of stock during a pandemic, which means more people are on the road for recreation and transportation. “Keeley Brooks, president of the Southern Nevada Bicycle Union (SNVBC), said. The organization that leads the campaign and is part of the LVCM Alliance.
“If the lane change message is a top priority, people can make better choices on the road and help achieve a zero collision rate,” Brooks said.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the US Department of Transportation in 2018, 857 cyclists were killed by drivers, an increase of 6.3% from 2017. In Nevada, pedestrians and bicycles account for 35.6% of all road fatalities.