Monday, February 8, 2010

Bicycle Legislation - IN PROCESS

Dear Friends:

As cycling enthusiasts, I wanted to bring to your attention legislation currently before the Tennessee General Assembly that may be of interest to you. As you most likely know, bicycles are often too light to trigger many of the traffic signals throughout the state. This creates an unnecessary and unpleasant delay for cyclists as they are forced to wait for vehicles to trigger the lights. I’ve recently introduced a bill to address this small but potentially aggravating issue.


The bill, SB 3057, will allow cyclists in the state to proceed cautiously through red lights when they are rendered inoperable due to the bicycle’s weight. This is certainly a small change in state law; but, hopefully, it will improve the quality of cycling throughout the state. If you would like to see the bill being considered before the Senate Transportation Committee, you can watch it live Tuesday, February 9th, at 11:30 a.m. at , or just come to view the proceedings in Room 12 at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville, Tennessee. You can also watch an archived version of the hearing on the same site at anytime.


If you’d like to hear more about other current Tennessee issues, you may sign up to receive the Woodson Weekly, a weekly periodical of legislative news relevant to Tennesseans, at


As you know, cycling is an American tradition. It is a cherished pastime, and a great way to stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors. Tennessee values its cyclists, and we want to help them continue to enjoy their experience.

Yours in Service, Jamie Woodson, Senate Speaker Pro Tempore

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