The Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition supports a change in the law governing where bicycles can ride. We request your support in having the “Sidepath Law” rescinded.
The current law, 23 V.S.A. § 1139. Riding on roadways and bicycle paths, says: “(c) Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a state roadway, bicycle riders shall use the path. However, the legislative body of a municipality may authorize the operation of a bicycle on a town highway even though a bicycle path is adjacent.”
We believe that this statute should be rescinded because:
The Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition supports the construction of well-designed sidepaths. We believe that many less experienced riders may find them more comfortable than roads. What we oppose is the requirement that bicyclists use sidepaths. Both roads and bicycle paths are a part of the mix of facilities for human-powered transportation, fitness, and recreation.
When bicyclists use the road they must do so with courtesy and respect for cars and other road users. The Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition has several programs through which we seek to educate both bicyclists and drivers about sharing the road.
The Better World Club offers bicycle-only and car-and-bike membership, including insurance and free roadside assistance. Better World Club offers VBPC members a 10% discount on new membership. The VBPC receives a donation for every new sign-up.