Arkansas Law to Impact Cyclists’ Rules of the Road

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Officials say a new biking law that will soon take effect in Arkansas will help keep cyclists safe and traffic rolling.

Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed a law stating bicyclists beginning July 1 will be allowed to proceed at stop signs and red lights after yielding as long as traffic is clear and the move doesn’t create an immediate hazard.

Joe Jacobs is chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Cycling. He says the law allows cyclists to maintain momentum and encourages them to ride on back roads.

John Landosky is Little Rock’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. He says traffic cameras often fail to detect bikes, which can leave a cyclist waiting at an intersection indefinitely. He says the law will allow cyclists to navigate more efficiently.

“You still need to abide by the laws,” warns Cpl. Les Munn with TAPD. “You still need to ride on the right side of the road, watch traffic and be aware of what traffic is doing.”

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